5-22-08: A Cloverfield FanEditFeatured
00.02.04 - Cut Flashback Footage.
00.02.42 - Cut Flashback Footage.
00.05.30 - 00.05.59 - Trimmed Hud talking to Marlena at he bar so we only see her testimonial.
00.09.18 - Cut Hud taking to Rob so there is no mention of another tape and so we go straight to Hud talking to Beth.
00.09.36 - Trimmed end of Hud talking to Beth before her testimonial.
00.10.30 - Cut Every mention of Rob and Beth sleeping together so Hud doesn’t come off as irresponsible.
00.11.18 - Cut Rob mentioning him and Beth having sex.
00.17.57 - Cut Flashback footage.
00.19.33 - Cut Hud asking Marlena what she saw on the way to the bridge.
00.31.31 - Cut Rob’s phone call in the subway.
00.34.46 - Trimmed the ‘you know who Superman is?’ moment so the only lines that remain are ‘Maybe it’s from another planet and flew here.’ Like Superman?’ ‘Yeah, exactly!’
00.35.09 - Cut Hud mentioning the ‘Guy that was lighting homeless people on fire.’
00.37.09 - Cut Flashback Footage.
00.58.33 - Cut a few frames of the helicopter crash so there are no flash frames of Beth at the subway station.
01.04.35 - Cut ending on Ferris Wheel,
01.04.39 - New Ending Title Cards bridging the film and it’s ARG.
Stripped down and linear without any exaggerated "character" developments. These characters are cookie cut, but useful, tropes and should never have been labored over so much in the original. But in the context of the setting and without the soap operatic flashbacks, the love against odds/rescue dynamic now procures enough emotion for the viewer to engage in the situation without rolling their eyes. Nice job. Most cuts were invisible and where they couldn't be they were nicely integrated with the technology glitches or frantic use of the cam being used which was nice. Good edit overall and improves the film a lot. I am giving high marks for the cohesiveness of a mature edit and improved narrative focus.
The fanedit warning and title cards are excellent. I thoroughly enjoy when an edit incorporates the style of the film in the fanedit warning. The new information incorporating the ARG stuff was really cool. I remember the marketing for this film and the ARG backstory stuff was really interesting. It also takes some explanations given outside the film and makes them canon, which I appreciate. Now, to the cuts. I love the reduction of super creepy Hud. It was always uncomfortable for me but in recent years given the actor even more so. I like the character more in this edit. I still don't like him but I like him more. It makes his death more meaningful IMO. The Rob/Beth dynamic works a bit better here. The movie now shows instead of tells us about what happened with them. Frankly, none of these characters are that interesting outside of Marlene and the removal of the flashbacks take the focus away from a story that is frankly way less interesting than the monster in the city. We still get arcs (kinda) for Rob and Beth, as much as in the original. The lack of flashbacks keeps the focus and the tension on what is happening, instead of cutting away to a backstory that the viewer cares less about than the action. Since so much of the film is spent not really understanding what is going on and why, I find that keeping the viewer there works better. I think the ending is more powerful ending where it does, rather than the ferris wheel scene answering the mystery box question in an unsatisfying way.