SSJ pulls off the impressive feat of reinterpreting the movie. The concept is novel, the execution is impressive, the trimming of blood and violence helps to keep the focus on the dialog. This is a film you should watch, once, to see the proof-of-concept. It gave me food for thought on editing and even on the subject material.
My problem with the original film is that it is far too bloody and violent. It's off-putting. Makes me want to turn it off. At the risk of altering the feel of the film too much, I would have been happy with even more cuts (into the film instead of the characters).
My problem with SSJ's approach is the runtime. The trailer and the first several minutes are a joy to watch. Throughout the film there are brilliant bits of (subtitle) dialog. SSJ's commentary is informative and helpful to hold my attention. But after a while this drags, no matter how informative the new text is. Instead of addressing all the items of the original film that get addressed in this edit, I think the presentation would benefit from even more rigorous cutting. Could the point of this edit be made in as little as 30 minutes?
In all, this is an impressive twist on a deeply-troubled and flawed film. Does it make the original better? No, that's beyond redemption. But is does offer a humorous and informative angle on the whole thing.
This will be a short & sweet review,as I've an aversion when it comes to judging peoples hard work that was not done in the name of profit.
Not going to spoil anything for anyone so I'll just say that the editing is top notch & you would be hard pressed to not go along with the new more literal narrative as ssj did a hell of a job syncing up the timings with the right moments.
As I'm sure you all know,sound plays an important role in setting the mood of a scene and overall movie,so the sound does get in the way a lot when it comes to adding jokes,even if they fit perfectly with the scene.But ssj does a good job of pulling you back into his version when you might feel like the serious nature of the visuals are trying to claw back into your enjoyment.
Seriously while i writing this I'm laughing out loud again at some of the scenes that stuck in me head,thanks ssj for the craic man!
Finally found time to watch the edit. I didn't know what to expect, really.
And so, when the word 'satire' appeared on screen - I've put my faith in it, so to speak.
Generally, the edit manages to remain funny and satirical throughout.
As far as editing goes, the quality is top notch. The edits were seamless, for the most part.
I also liked the Monica Bellucci promo video - that was hilarious, as well.
Didn't see the original as heard it is a bloody mess, both literally and the other literally, but as the author asked me to leave a review here goes:
Edit quality is top notch, no visible glitches or weird transitions, both audio and video. As the movie uses a lot of poetic/artisan shots with theatrical gestures/highlights and dramatic music it is an achievement in itself. The only thing that stuck out was the narrative and I'm not sure if the material was so over the top that this was a normalized version, or the the other way around. Most of the time characters and their motivations were consistent, but it somehow drifted. I'm not a believer, so atheist jokes did not offend me, want to make that clear as it has to have an impact on how people see this fanedit. The christology was clearly johannine with jesus being the preexistent equal to god (from where a lot of good jokes were sourced when he's praying to himself, Patripassianism resurrected). Maybe it was just my mind that drifted away, but with everyone discussing church issues I was thinking that a good opportunity was missed, since all dialogue is in language noone understands even getting markan jesus where he gets deified at baptism would be possible? If he was a little less over the top his mental illness would be believable maybe? (if you look at most likely historical jesus he was just an apocalyptic teacher expecting the end of the world and cosmic judge to come soon and restore the kingdom of god and not sure what the original ending was, but that mistaken/doubting jesus is even in the new testament, preexisting god wouldn't call to himself 'why have I forsaken myself', video material was there, sorry for going on a tangent)
TL;DR Edit was great technically, lots of good jokes, as some other reviewers mentioned based on the trailer one would expect this to not work for a full time run, but it did, different point of views were brought up to provide enough of a variety, just my own issues prevented me from enjoying it fully
I have no idea what ssj does for a day job, but I really hope someone is paying him a large sum of of money to make people laugh. The concept behind this edit seems like it might make a funny 3 or 4 minute clip but would get really tiresome over the course of a feature length movie. And that's where ssj's comedic gift shines through. It's funny end to end. Funnier than most "comedies" released these days. And I'll just assume it was technically edited well, because I was laughing too damn hard to notice anything out of place. With fanediting, once you have the basics down, it's fairly easy enough to take source material, cut out the stuff you don't want, and present something new. But to do that and then take it a step further by rewriting the script (you really should have given yourself a screenwriting credit at the end) to the point where the entire concept is flipped on its head and becomes a brilliant satire of itself? Damn. We're looking at some next level shit right here. Well done, ssj.