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Seriously though that’s a great reaction. He looks as though he’s suppressing tears.
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(11-24-2019, 01:35 PM)Moe_Syzlak Wrote: My kids (seven years old) have decided they want to see Episode 9 in the theatre. My only requirement for them was that they watch episodes 7 and 8 so I wouldn’t be answering questions all through the movie. So tonight was Last Jedi time.

I played them my own edit. Now, if you know me you know I’m not an editor. I took a few edits and stitched them together and then made a few slight trims of my own. Some of the edits I used never got Academy approval here. But basically this was an edit that focuses almost exclusively on the Rey/Ben/Luke/Snoke storylines. Gone are the slow speed chase, the Leia spacewalk, the Canto Bight subplot, and a lot of humor I felt didn’t work.

First, my kids loved it. And, to be honest, so did I. I had watched any version in well over a year and I really enjoyed it, partly because my kids were so into it. They were cheering, cuddling up to me when scared, and yelling at the screen. It was great. My wife, who is not a Star Wars fan and who has only seen the movie in the theater with me, said, “that was much better than I remembered.”

Now, the seven year olds didn’t notice any problems, but I did. With the B plot all but eliminated, Finn, Poe, and Leia don’t do much and Rose and Holdo are unnamed supporting characters. That’s fine for Rose except she’ll undoubtedly have a large role in the next movie. For Holdo, since she pilots the light speed assault it kind of comes of out of nowhere. Since we don’t see the bridge assault that sends Leia on her spacewalk, we also don’t see Ackbar’s fate. If someone could create a plausible version of Ackbar subbing for Holdo, I think it could really work. To be clear, I don’t hate Holdo but I don’t think the B storyline is necessary nor very well executed. So that character would just be a casualty of tightening up the film.

Overall, I think the movie’s themes and ideas are excellent. Luke is brave and strong by doing what he couldn’t in Empire. He knows that the Jedi must die and that dogma is not what the Force is about. I hope the new movie doesn’t try to unwrite that.

In my continuing document of my kids’ exposure to Star Wars, tonight they saw Empire for the first time. Early in the movie, despite Star Wars being the most recent Star Wars movie they had seen, one of them asked in frustration, “are Rey and BB8 going to be in this one?” To my dismay, they didn’t seem excited by the Hoth battle and seemed downright bored by the middle section. But the reveal from Darth Vader that he is *spoiler alert* Luke’s father got them interested. One of my kids feels Vader is lying because Ben wouldn’t lie to Luke and one feels Vader is telling the truth. I teased them that they would have to wait three years to find out the answer just like I did. But now they want to watch RotJ tomorrow.

I’m taking my kids and a few neighborhood kids to see episode 9 at the matinee on opening day here in Germany which is 18 December. Despite one of my sons really loving the character of Darth Vader, they weren’t interested in the OT movies until the big reveal in ESB. But they’ve loved the sequel trilogy. It will be interesting to see what they think of RotJ. If they love the Ewoks I may not ever show them Jar Jar and the prequels. Tongue
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I’d say my kids liked RotJ the best of the OT. But they definitely like TFA the best of all. I thought it was funny that one of my kids—at age seven—thought the plan to free Han Solo was convoluted. He said, “why didn’t Luke just bring his lightsaber with him?” I didn’t have an answer for him. Tongue

Overall I’d say they like the movies but I doubt they’ll be as invested in it as I was when I was their age. I’m hoping that episode 9 entertains them as they really do like that trilogy much more. I think it’s a good reminder that how we respond to these movies really is age dependent.
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We've done the following with the kids: 4, 5, 6, 1, some of 7. In 4 I just skipped a few scenes, 5 I made the Youngling edition and 6 I made another Youngling edition, though I don't think people would be interested in it as it changes the Emperor’s finality to not engage at all with Luke and just return to his chair when Luke says he is a Jedi and the Emperor has failed (though that is intriguing now with the final installment implications ). I've shown scenes wit bb8, the falcon chase and a few snippets of the lightsaber battle.

My kiddos love the OT, especially the Hoth battle. They have PT toys that they play with, but don't really understand who the characters are. They also love bb8 and Poe. Oh and pod racing is huge. We've played that game and watched the pod race a bunch.
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(12-08-2019, 01:06 PM)DigModiFicaTion Wrote: We've done the following with the kids: 4, 5, 6, 1, some of 7. In 4 I just skipped a few scenes, 5 I made the Youngling edition and 6 I made another Youngling edition, though I don't think people would be interested in it as it changes the Emperor’s finality to not engage at all with Luke and just return to his chair when Luke says he is a Jedi and the Emperor has failed (though that is intriguing now with the final installment implications ). I've shown scenes wit bb8, the falcon chase and a few snippets of the lightsaber battle.

My kiddos love the OT, especially the Hoth battle. They have PT toys that they play with, but don't really understand who the characters are. They also love bb8 and Poe. Oh and pod racing is huge. We've played that game and watched the pod race a bunch.

How old are your kids? Mine are seven and this was their first time with the movies. One of my kids became obsessed with the visage of Vader at about age three so I created a rough edit that removed a lot of more intense stuff from the original Star Wars. But they never really watched it. One of kids thought some of Empire and Jedi were a bit scary but nothing too bad. The most disturbing thing to them was that Obi Wan lied about Luke’s dad. One of them bought the “certain point of view” explanation to rationalize Obi Wan’s lies. Tongue
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Sounds similar in age. My kids weren't really concerned with plot points. During the big reveal in Empire they didn't really have any reaction. The biggest reaction they had was when they realized their Anakin toys were Luke's dad/Vader. Honestly I still don't think they really get it.

My youngling edits take out the cave scene and anyone getting shot on screen. Vader also doesn't cut off Luke's hand nor does Luke cut off Vader's hand. I also removed the Rancor. I'd like to think that as they get older and watch the uncut versions, the story will just improve like a good extended edition Smile
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I thought about doing something like that. But ultimately decided they should experience the stories in full the first time. They’ve definitely been able to handle it at age seven. I finally decided they should see the movies because they really want to see Episode 9 in the theatre because of their (slightly older) neighbor friends who want to go. I’m trusting that episode 9 won’t be any more intense than the other movies have been.
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(12-06-2019, 03:17 AM)DonKamillo Wrote:

I was just about to post that new long Star Wars / Wiseau youtube video.
Wiseau and Hayden have more chemistry together than with Portman I must say.
It was a real good laugh and a good lesson of fanediting (I mean not in a professional kind of way but the ideas and the executions are pretty great to make a 19 minutes comedic video that still makes sens.)
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We’re now 40 hours away from the RoS matinee and my kids are beyond stoked. They have now watched the OT and the ST. They started with TFA and then TLJ and went back to the OT. They liked it all but TFA is their favorite and they rewatched that last night. Right now they are finishing up TLJ again. They’ve watched my own hybrid of various fan edits for the ST. Seeing the love they have these movies without questioning some spurious logic (the same as I did not questioning why the Empire would land cumbersome walkers on Hoth rather than send in fighters or why the Rebels wouldn’t target said walkers from the side or behind where they have no guns) really highlights the blinders so many fans have on. Funny thing is, I tried to show my kids the prequels but they hated it and were totally bored. We didn’t make it halfway through the first one.
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