Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi - The Spence Edit

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This is easily the best version of the Obi-Wan Kenobi project I've seen. It was obvious from the get-go that this was a 2.5 hour movie stretched out unnecessarily into a six hour miniseries so Disney+ could have more 'content'. Of the literally dozens of movie-length Kenobi edits that were created afterwards, this is the one to watch. Spence keeps everything that works while cutting all the dead weight.

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Kenobi is a series that has a lot to like in it, but I'd be lying if I said it didn't pad things out a bit. Spence does a good job at distilling the series to it's most basic elements into feature-length, which is commendable. Unfortunately, so much is stripped away that the fanedit feels more like a time killer rather than something additive to the franchise.

Like many, I thought the end of the second fight between Obi-Wan & Vader was weak, because it ends with Obi-Wan letting Vader go more or less because neither of them's supposed to die yet, as opposed to an in-story reason that's satisfying. I respect Spence's decision to save the AotC-era & Order 66 flashbacks for his prequel edits, but it robs Kenobi's story of texture that would be vital in crafting a better reason why Obi-Wan let's Vader go, whether it's Obi-Wan still seeing some Anakin in Vader or turning down the chance to kill Vader in order to save Luke (which I surprisingly missed the assault on the Lars holmstead, otherwise it seems Owen's just fine with Ben showing up now).

All, a herculean task, but it's just not for me.

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This is the closest to a perfect score I've ever given. Honestly, I struggled to identify where things were cut as the edit is so seamless and tells the complete story without many compromises. The only reason I took a point off of the visual editing was due to a couple of harsher-than-normal cuts. Otherwise, it's very difficult to find flaws. Thanks for the great edit, Spence!

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A huge improvement over what was obviously originally a shorter script padded out to fill 6 episodes. While much of the removed filler seemed like obvious and easy cuts to make, there are many other instances where Spence cleverly trimmed and rearranged some scenes to really tighten up the pacing and remove unimportant/redundant scenes. This also has the effect of focusing the story more on Obi-Wan and his conflict with Vader. There are still some unavoidable issues with poorly shot action scenes, but not much the editor could do, and much less noticeable here. And as others have pointed out, it does feel a bit long, mainly due to Leia being kidnapped a second time but I don't think there's much more the editor could do to improve that. For a TV-to-film edit of the series, this is likely the best out there!
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Coming to this belatedly, but YET AGAIN, another masterful edit from Spence.

The excisions are executed with precision and a seamless deft touch. There is no question that THIS is the best way to enjoy this series.

Issues remain which the editor can't completely resolve due to the available material; for me this really boils down to some fairly hamfisted sequences by the makers which test ones resolve to put up with such poorly choreographed confrontations.

However, the fact remain that this is an extremely well executed edit that makes this "product" tolerable and even ejoyable for the most part.

"The Force is strong with this one"
"This IS the version you are looking for"
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