As others have stated I am not docking points based on the failings of the original - I hated it when it released. Not the fanboy tears of an all female cast. I thought that was a novel approach to a property that needed a breath of fresh air.
No... It was the nonsense improv after every single scene that kept scenes from ending and they weren't even funny.... man they were really bad. The original theatrical cut is what i expect a director's cut + gag reel to look like.. eventually i would get so exhausted from the attempts at comedy that i would miss any legitimate comic experience. also I found that they seemed like they were improv-ing as themselves and not their characters and in some cases betrayed their own backstory and often losing the playful comic dynamic in favor of a silly quip.
This excises all of that mess and allows the movie to breathe. The movie still isn't on par with the other entries in the series, but it gets so much closer in this cut.
I gave this all 10's, but keep in mind that is based on what was available to the editor. Do I think this was a 10/10 movie? No, definitely not, but I didn't like the original at all, so this review is for the edit, not the movie. TM2YC's edit made this into an enjoyable movie, not great, not perfect, but enjoyable. Ghostbusters 2016 was very slap sticky, and that is not what the original Ghostbusters was all about. This edit cuts down on that a lot, which was needed.
Belatedly here is another review.
I watched this about 6 months ago. The biggest accolade I can give is I watched it again last night.
What TM2YC has done here is nothing short of spectacular on many fronts.
I saw this edit having NOT watched the original due to the awful press. In fact, I had no intention of watching the original ever. But on a cold viewing, I was really shocked at how good the film was, the performances, the restraint, the great comedy, timing, writing. WOW. What the hell was everyone complaining about ? OH>>>>IDIOT...You are watching a fanedit!!!! T H A T is how good I thought it was. IN fact I couldn't believe the original could be as bad as people said. REALLY? YUP. IN fact the theatrical version is a car crash of Hobbit Trilogy proportions, if not worse.
This film has been sal;vaged beyond what the filmmakers deserved. The judicious trims, cuts, etc all enhance the experience and allow the comic genius of the actors and writers to shine. When actors are let to ad-lib, the edit suite is where you pick the gems and dump the trash. That step was left out which dimished the final theatrical cut. IN fact, this edit does not pass more than 30 to 60 secs without a change and yet is seamless. As a fellow faneditor, I was waiting to spot the lazy fade, early trim, or "you should have cut that". BUT NOPE, this is just perfect.
I did watch the original a few months back and .....dear god!!!! I wont EVER be doing that again.
TM2YC, You made an outstanding rescue of this piece now worthy of the franchise. Thanks you for letting these ladies shine and your artistry!
PERFECTLY JUDGED AND EXECUTED! Power me up!
As others have noted, not making deductions for the inherent issues that can't be solved short of a re-write or re-shoot.
Disclaimer: I've said this before but obviously nobody is going to check the continuity of my reviews... The scale I grade fanedits on is based on the original. I don't believe this edit is a 10/10 film, nor do I believe any film is for that matter.
I'm really not a fan of the 2016 Ghostbusters. I wasn't open to it when it was announced, I wasn't interested in seeing it in theatres, and I begrudgingly watched it with my family when they picked it up from the movie bargain bin. And this edit didn't really change most of that, it was definetely more tolerable than the original, but it still suffered from the lack of focus the original gave us - I'm not sure it would be feasible to make an edit that wouldn't.
However, while I wasn't looking all too close for them, I didn't notice any technical issues in this edit. After reading the cutlist I was shocked I didn't notice any. Actually, I think I did notice one odd transition when Kristen Wiig's character showed up in the newspaper, and the dialogue went "Hey you're in the paper...it's not good. Look! We're on the news!" (paraphrased) - this could be present in the OG and I wouldn't know, but it seemed to be like there was some crappy dialogue that was attempted to cut around there. No technical issues, just seemed a bit too 'jumpy'.
Regardless, if you saw potential in the original/enjoyed some of it, give this edit a shot, you'll probably like it better. If you didn't see potential in the original, this edit probably won't change that. But, if you paid for the movie and want to get your money's worth (or someone in your family did, and you wanna get THEIR money's worth...), you might as well try and give it justice.
The road to the Ghostbusters reboot was, at best, a rocky one. Constant rewrites, the death of Harold Ramis, and the amount of backlash upon release of the film's trailer should've been warning signs, but I stayed positive. I saw the movie in theaters and it just left me cold. I hadn't seen it since, but then I heard of this particular edit and I became curious. To me, it seemed impossible: Fix the movie and make it good? No way... Well, yes way. What has been done is nothing short of a miracle. TM2YC salvaged one of the most broken films in recent memory and delivered a film that stands on its own two feet as well as with the first two GB films. It truly is the version that deserved to be in theaters. Keep it up, TM2YC!