Fan Recuts Star Wars: The Last Jedi Without Jokes And Canto Bight

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is one of the greatest Star Wars films ever made to some (read: me) but to many others, it’s an atrocity to the canon and an assault on fandom, the likes of which we have ever seen before. And rest assured, whenever a fandom feels slighted, it’s only a matter of time before fans out there start cutting together their own version of the movie, and that’s exactly what has just happened with Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

In this new cut, there are various changes such as the dropping of many jokes (including the Poe-Hux scene and the Luke hand-tickle scene) as well as the wholesale exclusion of Canto Bight, DJ, and Phasma. Here’s a more comprehensive list of what was altered in what the editor is calling Star Wars: The Fallen Knight.

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List of changes:

– Cut Poe joking with Hux at the beginning
– Cut Finn/Rose side arc altogether including Maz as it served no purpose and was just fat. Rose thus turns into just another Resistance member like Connix.
– Cut Luke tossing lightsaber over shoulder. He now drops it.
– Added Finn and Poe deleted scene to give Finn more screen time
– Cut Poe/Holdo “fuel” arc as it also served no purpose and felt wasteful in it’s time. This includes cutting Leia being blown into space and subsequent “Carrie Poppins” scene. Thus the last we see of the Resistance until evacuating the small ships and Holdo sacrificing herself, is after Kylo decides NOT to shot and neither do the tie fighters (in this version). This leaves Finn/Rose with the resistance for the whole movie without leaving any continuity errors. Holdo role significantly changes from admiral to close friend of Leia who sacrifices herself for the Resistance.
– Cutting Finn/Rose arc thus of course also cutting DJ/Phasma. DJ felt out of place and again not necessary, and Phasma was once again a throwaway like in TFA. This cuts the movie down quite a bit and is mostly focused on Rey/Luke and Kylo/Snoke’s story, as it should have been, with a dash of Resistance escaping at the beginning and end for the movie to still make complete sense.
– Cut Porgs touching the lightsaber before Rey picks it up
– Added “Luke mourning Han” deleted scene
– Cut Ach-To nuns, and removed Luke saying “what is that?”
– Cut Luke/Rey joke bout “reaching out” and slapping on the hand
– Cut Finn meta joking about how the first order “hates that ship” in the Crait battle
– Cut Holdo/Leia awkward joking about “may the force be with you” and just let Holdo say it.
– Cut Snoke laying on the floor
– Cut Finn trying to crash into the battering ram and Rose saving him. They are presumed to turn back with the other ships when Poe tells them to as Finn does not argue otherwise. This also removes him dragging Rose back.
Had to zoom/scale the explosion to crop Rose and Finn out when the battering ram blasts the giant door open but it looks quite natural IMO.
Removed broom boy ending as it felt like an epilogue which felt out of place for the middle movie of a trilogy, and especially in a Star Wars movie.
Removed Finn/Rose at the end to ensure continuity (almost missed this one haha). Thus had to remove Poe/Rey meeting or else the scene would not flow.
– Added 2 wipes (diagonal and left-to-right) where needed and a custom end “close out” circle to fit the end of the movie

Will it make for a better film? Of course, that’s all subjective, but it is something I think worth checking out. If you want to, CLICK HERE.

What do you think of this fan cut? Based on these changes, do you think it’ll make a better film? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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