|Directed by||:||Rian Johnson||Produced by||:||Kathleen Kennedy, Ram Bergman||Based on||:||Characters by George Lucas||Starring||:||Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis||Production company||:||Lucasfilm Ltd.||Country||:||United States|
Star Wars: The Last Jedi - De-Feminized Fan-Edit isn't worth your time, even as a lark.
Yesterday, word broke that some dude had recut Star Wars: The Last Jedi to adhere more closely to an incredibly sexist vision for the franchise that's as brazen and awful as it is unsurprising. This new version cut out any moment of significance any female character held, and reduced their actions to solely things that facilitated the story's men. While The Last Jedi, in all its groundbreaking glory, clocks in at a hefty 152 minutes, its "De-Feminized" counterpart lasts only 46, which should tell you something about the quality of this "edit." Anyway, I watched it, and despite being a full 108 minutes lighter, it somehow felt even longer and more convoluted than the original.
Here is a quick list of things that are different about this edit from The Last Jedi:
Rey is enthusiastically trained by Luke, but isn't as "strong" as before.
Kylo Ren straight-up kills his mother, General Leia Organa mere minutes into the film.
Snoke isn't killed, but rather disappears with a laugh just before Ren manages to slice him in two (a very basic, very sad attempt to "fade" him out seems like it was achieved in Photoshop with roughly 3 minutes' work).