Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise Of Skywalker: Ascendant

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This was an amazing edit. The added force ghosts alone are a huge improvement. My only gripe is Rey's crackling lightsaber, but that's down to personal preference.

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As someone who actually enjoyed the sequels (Rise of Skywalker included) quite a bit, this edit is really solid. Most of my issues with the film came from the pacing of the first 2 acts and this edit pretty much fixes them in their entirety. Unlike some people, I don't feel like TROS was trying to "undo/fix" The Last Jedi, but seeing more references to it in the film was a welcome change as well and helps the story feel more connected. Rey having an an unstable lightsaber and the new puppet show depicting the end of TLJ were among some of my favorite changes. I must say I prefer the silent knights of Ren option, but I'm glad that there is an option at all for people who like it. I only had a couple nitpics with the edit that are things I think could have been improved upon. Kylo's new line of "you were right" doesn't really feel right. I completely understand why that change was made and the impression is serviceable, but for me it took me out of the movie since the voice didn't match. The second is the truncation of the Lightspeed Skipping scene as that was one of my favorite moments in the film and was really sorely missed when watching this edit. I have mixed feelings about the force ghosts standing behind Rey as while they are well integrated and its a cool idea, I feel like it takes focus away from Rey's triumph in the moment. In the end, this is edit was very much worthwhile and highly recommended to anyone who wants to see a better paced version of the film.

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When I saw this movie in theaters it was at the Cinerama dome. I am a huge star wars nerd and have seen every big premiere at this amazing theater. When I had walked out of the theater my fandom was crushed. I had never turned so sour on a franchise so quickly. Now that's not saying that the first two movies in the sequel trilogy don't have their problems but overall they were respectable entries into the star wars franchise, but the rise of skywalker was such a complete and absolute mess that I found it hard to believe that someone could make a better edit using such distasteful source material. Well, I have never been happier to be proven wrong. You have done what I thought to be impossible. This is the cut I will show my children and am excited to delve into your other works. Amazing work. As Palpatine himself once said "We will watch your career with great interest!"

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I've only seen the theatrical version once, and I hated it so much that I vowed to never watch it again. I said the only way I'd ever watch it was if a "Special Edition" of it was made that fixed some of the narrative issues and included Force Ghost Ben Solo at the end. When I found this edit, and read the changes made, I thought I'd give it a try.

I was not disappointed. I watched it 3 times in a week, and I consider this the true cut, the cut that should have been. (Well actually the cut that should have been was Ben and Rey living happily ever after, but I digress) Hal 9000 showed care and attention to detail in this edit, and it shows. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who'd like to give TROS a second chance.

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This was one of the few star wars films that I really couldn't be bothered to rewatch. The excess of dangling plot points and McGuffins often left me feeling exasperated and removed from whatever convoluted story was being told on screen. This edit helped to trim a lot of the fat from the original movie, and helped deliver a much cleaner experience that does not deviate at all from the original plot. And while I still have my gripes with the original, the edit provided the film with such a glowup that I was inspired to rewatch this trilogy through Hal9000's lens.

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