Maybe you liked Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Maybe you didn’t like Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And that’s OK! You can’t please everyone all of the time, but that’s life. We disagree on certain topics, we debate and we move on. Nothing can change the fact that The Last Jedi was made. It’s canon, made over a billion dollars at the box office and it created a brave new universe for Star Wars to explore, free of the baggage of the past.
Is it a perfect movie? I don’t think so. Its pacing is wobbly, the fantastic Rose character played by the delightful Kelly Marie Tran is otherwise wasted in the pointless Canto Blight side-story alongside John Boyega. Hell, you could even argue that if Boyega had bowed out of the franchise in that scene, it would have been a fitting end.
And yet, I’m also glad it didn’t happen because it led to Rose delivering one of the very best lines in all of Star Wars. Sweet Force Ghosts, I am so conflicted. You know what? I think that’s the sign of a great movie. The Last Jedi got Star Wars fans talking, debating and thinking. Some people were overjoyed at the new direction for the franchise, others were absolutely livid that over thirty years of waiting to see Luke Skywalker use the Force to flatten AT-AT Walkers never came to fruition.
Imagine being so angry, so frustrated with the final film though, that you re-edited it? Now granted, this isn’t the first time that a fan edit has tried to fix Star Wars as a cut of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace exists, which does its damndest to cut Jar Jar Binks out of the first prequel chapter. Using editing skills and a dodgy Chinese bootleg to retune The Last Jedi so that it favours fan spectacle over story and creates a male power fantasy at the expense of the bold female characters in the film?
Now that’s utter bollocks. Such a fan edit does exist, as you can find it on less than reputable websites that specialise in such piracy. I’m not sharing it, because piracy is a terrible thing. According to the official (badly typed) description posted on reddit, here’s a laundry list of changes in, and I crap thee not on this, The Last Jedi: De-Feminized Fanedit:
Basically The Last Jedi minus Girlz Powah and other silly stuff.
It would probably be easier to make a list of things that were kept instead of things that were changed. Hardly any scene got away without cuts. The resulting movie is (wait for it …) 46 minutes long. Yeah I know, it’s not ideal. It’s made from a CAM source (the most recent HDTC one with the Asian hard subs, which is pretty watchable). It has issues. But it had to be done.
You will probably enjoy it most when you view it less as a blockbuster movie and more as some kind of episode from some non-existent mediocre Star Wars series.
- No whiny/reluctant/murderous psycho Luke.
- NO HALDO! She simply doesn’t exist. Her whole subplot doesn’t exist.
- The Kamikaze is carried out by Poe. ( = Poe dies.)
- Leia never scolds, questions nor demotes Poe.
- Lea dies. Kylo kills her.
- Kylo is more badass and much less conflicted and volatile.
- Kylo takes on more of Snoke’s guards
- Rey struggles with a single one.
- No bomber heroism by china girl in the beginning.
- No Canto Bight.
- No superpowered Rey.
- Luke is not a semi-force-ghost and is smashed by the first laser cannon shot. (sorry, I just had to!)
- Phasma is finished after the first blow by Finn. (Women are naturally weaker than men, she isn’t force-sensitive, and we know nothing about any exo-skeleton in her suit)
- Asian chick speaks less, doesn’t bully Finn, Finn doesn’t try to escape, she is never formally introduced.
- She is just there and occasionally smiles at Finn or screams “Finn!”. She has no sister. Serves her right for all the heinous stuff she did.
- Lots of little cuts reducing the number of female facial shots. Too many to count. (Pun intended.)
- Quite a few scenes rearranged so that the flow of the shortened movie is still somewhat coherent.
Wow. Someone really didn’t like The Last Jedi. It’s OK to not like certain actors, or the characters that they portray. It’s fine to disagree with motives and the direction taken. I also think that people tend to view films like this selfishly. I think some fans believe that film projects which cost north of $200 million were made solely for them, and they’re simply unwilling to accept the fact the beloved franchises also have to adapt and evolve to find a new generation to entertain.
You want to make a fan edit of a film that you had problems with, cutting out some of the best characters to ever grace the screen and move your beloved series into a daring new direction so that you can hold onto the past? You do that. I’ll stick to the original product and find satisfaction in the scenes and content that put a smile on my face. Kind of fitting for a film like The Last Jedi, whose defining message was that letting go of the past could be a positive force for change.
Even if you have to kill it in the process.
Last Updated: January 15, 2018