I have to totally agree with flubly's review below. I was a big fan of the original Dumb and Dumber, but just couldn't get into the new film. There's some kind of intangible line they crossed with all the gross-out humor and crassness. In the original, it seemed like it was all keeping you off-guard and each new gag was unexpected, so you got kind of "shock laughs". A lot of the humor in Dumb and Dumber To just seems very apparent from the setups though, so that instead of laughing at the gags...I just gagged.
So the saying that comes to mind to fit this movie is "You can't polish a turd." Well, ebumms does give it a damn fine effort though. He takes a horrible movie and makes it.... tolerable. Not all that enjoyable, but tolerable. By cutting out a lot of the worst lines and adding in some deleted bits, he gets the ratio of funny jokes to deafeningly unfunny jokes up to about 50/50. Though they're incredibly talented, both Daniels and Carrey are at least 10 years too old for these kind of roles and this kind of humor. You're just not going to get me to laugh at a lot of the genuinely creepy or disgusting jokes or any of the many 1-note jokes in the film. And sadly, that's all the film has... there's not really much plot, no depth or character growth. It's a film that's all about the gags, and succeeds or fails based on how the leads perform those.
It should go without saying that technically this edit is fantastic. Of course if it had visual or audio hiccups, I wouldn't be able to focus on the humor. So that means this will come down to personal, subjective taste. IMHO, ebumms has taken one of the worst comedies of the decade and made it worth watching. Once.
Probably as good as this movie can be. Really well edited. Ebumms creatively structures scenes not to just excise unfunny bits but also to enhance what is there. The example shown on his youtube channel, of the visit to Pee Stain's house, is a great example of the magic in this. I don't think I laughed once at that scene originally and this edit makes the whole thing enjoyable and hilarious by just making you forget that any of that brake-screechingly unfunny stuff was ever there.
I think this elevates the movie to a decent blockbuster comedy with a much better laugh to watch ratio than the original. It still is wildly less creative than the original. The tech convention is just a boring location and Harry and Lloyd never really have to do too much. Rob Riggle's death involves no chaotic bits of causation like the hot sauce and pills scene in the original. He just gets hit by a train.
Rob Riggle being a twin is absolutely wasted. Why does he reveal himself to be a twin immediately? Mistaken identity is ripe for comedy and could have been built into a crazy hay-wire finale instead of a dull shot-reverse shot stand-off that fizzles out with spoken exposition.
It all just feels very low stakes (production design-wise) despite having quite a larger budget than the original, even after adjusting for inflation. Maybe some money fleecing like the more obvious "Jack and Jill"?
Anyway, that's enough about the stuff that can't be changed.
This edit definitely makes it a watchable comedy, though, and that's no small feat. I can see me re-watching this and I had no desire of revisting the original cut. File looked great, nice encode. I saw the most recent revision, released this year of 2018. Great job!
When I saw Dumb and Dumber To in the theater I laughed quite a bit. There were a lot of good laughs in the movie. The problem was there were also a lot of really bad jokes as well. And the scene with the old woman in the home just doesn't belong in Dumb and Dumber, whether you find it funny or gross or whatever. The first thing I said to my friend when the movie ended was, "someone could probably edit this into a great movie". Well that is what this edit is. There is only one maybe awkwardly quick cut that is noticeable (barely though, maybe I only noticed because I know it is there) but it was the best that could be done I think. And skipping that scene was a good choice in my opinion. There were some things I would have left in and even a few things left in I would have taken out but I'll worry about that when I make my own edit. This is the movie that should have been released in theaters and it would have performed much better if it had. If you are a huge fan of the original Dumb and Dumber this is the worthy sequel to it in my opinion. It's not as good of a movie but it's a good time. Worthy to be on the shelf next to the original. (Or in a folder on your computer). I like it. I like it a lot.
This edit was very fun, I found myself laughing throughout something that didn't happen with the untouched theatrical release. The editing was seemless! I was unable to detect any obvious cuts in the audio or video. While I may be in the minority of actually enjoying to unedited version of the movie I do feel that this edit is a much better film. Well done ebumms. I am looking forward to enjoying more of your work.
This edit definitely succeeds in its goals. The edits felt flawless and the two character are redeemed.
I was avoiding this film but felt I would give it shot with the fixes and quite a few jokes work now. Overall the movie still has a lot of flat jokes and characters built into the script (special forces guy?), but that can't be fixed. But a few flat parts is a massive improvement over cringe worthy jokes that make you want to turn it off; and now the two main characters return as the highlight of the movie.