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.
This is the best version the 2016 Ghostbusters! The extended version was overly long with too many jokes going too long. The theatrical version was shorter, but TM2YC shows that they cut out the wrong bits.
Is this perfect? No, but that's because of the available material.
Did I want to see Bill Murray? Yes, but he was rightly cut. His main scene was frustrating: Murray's character was tedious and flat, and to move the plot forward he made Erin release the ghost which a smart serious scientist wouldn't do! Murray on-TV scene makes no sense without the in-person follow-up, so I agree that had to go too.
The editing is flawless. There were only two transitions which jumped out at me. Their capture of the concert ghost was over unexpectedly fast. No issue with any individual cut, rather the pacing of that story line felt too fast.
The other was their arrival at City Hall after the concert-ghost capture. I blinked and they were in the mayor's office. That felt jumpy, but I concede it's the best cut possible. I viewed the transition several times, in this edit and the extended version, and I could not figure out a better way to cut it (unless someone can change the background when the federal agents tell the Ghostbusters to come see the mayor, from Chinatown to the concert venue).
TM2YC improves the story, jokes, and timing. This is a winner.
First of all, I should fully disclose that I never actually hated this movie to begin with like many others did. I love Kristen Wiig, and I feel okay about the other leads, except maybe Leslie Jones. I went into the theater with an open mind and came out only slightly disappointed. I thought it was okay. However, it was never laugh out loud funny, and more importantly, I felt it was a huge departure from the first two films.
But wow! This is a fantastic fan edit. There are some people who will always hate this highly divisive movie no matter what, but I think it's primarily because this film never found it's audience. Nerds had been waiting 25 years for a sequel to the Ghostbusters franchise, and instead they got something their mom might like instead--something that depicts nerds as sociopathic freaks I might add.
But that isn't the film's fault, and that isn't fixable by the fan editor. The truth of the matter is that there is a definite diamond in the rough here, and TM2YC has proven the haters wrong through his efforts. So thanks, TM2YC. You made an okay movie into a good one.
Again, this a is a phenomenal fan edit. Given the amount of cuts that were made, it's amazing just how much the viewer DOESN'T notice. TM2YC is a real pro, and I'm interested in checking out his other fan edits due to the quality of this work alone. I particularly liked how he executed the removal of the very juvenile fart/queef joke. I actually thought he had replaced it with an alternate take in the Blu-Ray extras, but nope, he actually reconstructed a new joke all on his own. It's so much more clever and funny and befitting these characters. The fart joke made me cringe; the new joke made me laugh out loud. Inspired.
I think in terms of what TM2YC set out to do, he succeeded fully. I think the pacing starts to drag slightly in the latter half before the climax, but I think I would prefer the added scenes be there than not because they carry some emotional heft. One choice I don't understand, however, is the removal of the candlestick trick. It was a clever misdirect in the original film, and removing it didn't really serve the faneditor's overall purpose, so what was the point?
Other than those minor nitpicks, the only complaint I have is that this fan edit left me wanting more. When you actually take all the silly improv out, a movie with the feel of an actual Ghostbusters film starts to materialize. That was a huge surprise to me, and a pleasant one at that. But it wasn't fully formed. Holtzmann still needed to be reined in a bit more. As wacky as she is, she still needed to conceivably be a real person--just like the others. In a scene at the end of the movie, she stands and says something very open and heartfelt to the others--and has a very difficult time saying it. Here you learn that Holtzmann isn't just some slapsticky cartoon-like character. You learn that she's keeping a lot of her true self buried. There's nuance and complexity there, and more than one way to look at her, despite the stupid grunt she lets out to ruin the moment.
Along the same lines of wanting more, the climax is just too silly. With most of the improv removed, most of the film works well tonally, but the end just hurdles towards the furthest reaches of ridiculousness, and I just wonder if a clever faneditor couldn't pull it back just a little to keep it in line with the first two films.
Beyond that, the films colors are oversaturated. The movie has some legit scary parts, and they would be scarier if the film was drained of some of it's color and made to look like the other two films and a horror film in general.
I think putting Ghostbusters III in line with I and II is perfectly doable, and TM2YC's edit really sheds a spotlight on those possibilities. Unfortunately, I don't think there's anyone out there who will take up the cause. It's a miracle that anyone bothered to do anything with this much maligned movie.
But again, a great fan edit. Musings aside, probably one of the best I've ever seen, so I don't want to detract from what we've already been given. I think anyone who watches this film with an open mind will find a lot to enjoy and laugh at thanks to TM2YC.
Well what can I say? Amazed!
TM2YC set out to do what this edit achieved, making the Ghostbusters reboot better, tighter and much more enjoyable to watch.
Video & Audio Quality was flawless, no problems with the HD picture or the 5.1 audio.
Visual Editing was excellent, the cuts were so good I needed to re-read the cut/change list afterward viewing just to make sure they were the work of TM2YC or not.
The Audio Editing was again excellent work, even with the added FX and music was not noticeable.
Overall - The movie itself was still bad (4/10), but this edit makes this movie a decent (7/10) and I'd view this edit over the original any day.
Well done TM2YC for a fantastic edit.
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!