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9.5 4 10
FanMix April 20, 2020 895
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Big fan of the original. Big fan of the fanedit.

Before I criticize, I need to gush.. This LOOKED amazing, and felt increditbly different than the original. I'm not sure if I haven't seen Fight Club since the bluray came out, but this felt much more visceral, violent, and personal than what I remember. Without Jack to say sarcastic things and make jokes about the disgusting and horrible events, the reality of what you're seeing just sits with you. Many people I've showed Fight Club to over the years told me it was too violent and made them sick. And this time, without the comedy to keep me safe, I felt the same way. Crazy experience.

Also, I've seen this movie more than 10 times in my life, I've quoted every line, it's been in my top 5 movies for years... but I noticed things that I never saw before (like Marla overflowing her coffee at group therapy). I noticed something new in almost every scene. The narration has always been my favorite thing about this movie, so without it, it really was like a new movie for me. And for that I thank you.

Now for the critique. Visual edits were done nicely, but detracted from the movie in my opinion. There were a few specific moments I was excited to see with no narration, and most were clipped or moved to better suit the awkward no narration shots. In my opinion, as nessecary as the cuts may seem, these shots would have been more comtemplative left intact. Even with stretches of no dialouge, or awkward shots. The best example is the apartment explosion. This is one of the most brilliantly directed and edited shots in the entire movie. The shot cuts back and forth between the narrator's apartment filling with gas, and the narrator coming physically closer and closer to contacting Marla in the payphone. When he finally calls, and we hear Marla answer "hello?", the spark ingites the gas and the apartment explodes! This was THE scene I was excited to see in this edit, so it was dissapointing to see it edited. And I did feel like editing it to be a linear shot of an explosion took a lot away.

For a new viewer, audio cuts were where the edit suffered. There are many times in the original when the overall audio is temporarily lowered while the narration is raised. As far as I could tell, the audio wasn't evened out for this edit. So there are a lot of strange fade outs and ins for seemingly no reason.

Overall, this gave me an experience I won't soon forget, so for that it gets high points.
As a standalone edit though, there were some technical issues so I have to be fair.

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