May 30, 2014
I've always enjoyed the first half of the movie the most. The second half is good, but not as good. Telling the second half in its own right works extremely well. The focus of the movie is squarely on Joker now, with the flashbacks to the first half showing us only what we need to know about how Joker was shaped by his experience at Parris and with Pyle. I thought more material could have been included in that regard. In this edit, it doesn't seem that Joker became Pyle's squad leader, which is an interesting change. Without Hartman's speech about giving the rifle a girl's name, the closing voiceover is robbed of impact and sounds quite out of place. A few of the transitions were a touch too long of blank screen. Overall, a very interesting edit.