Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Dramatic Cut

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"Kaiju Sized Human Drama" more Thriller than a comedic, popcorn Action flick. I maintain the original story and plot, but take the light edges off, making the film feel more cerebral than slapstick.
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Original Release Date:
2019
Original Running Time:
132
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
128
Time Added:
6
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Brief Synopsis:
This edit began with a need to cut all the jokes that ruined the tension of the action, and the pacing of the dialogue. Underneath all those bad jokes was a strong and intense film, so those jokes and attempts at humor were cut. And added deleted scenes were put in to ehance the dramatic feel.
Intention:
This edit's four goals at its inception:
I: Cut the bad jokes. Why? They ruined the tension. This is called The Dramatic Cut for a reason.​

II: Cut certain shots and lines that help the audience sympathize with the character of Emma. Why? She is a bad person responsible for untold catastrophes around the world who should naturally be less likable. By cutting some of her content and adding in subtle music clips in some shots, a slightly altered version of Emma is presented by the end of this Fanedit. Scenes of her being regretful were left in this edit because she is a dynamic character with feelings.​

III: Cut shots and lines of specific exposition. Why? Because it was over-explanation that detracted from the rest of the already clearly understandable plot line. Examples of this: shots and lines of dialogue were removed from the Monarch Senate Hearings scene. Certain shots and dialogue of Emma over-explaining the worldwide kaiju threat were cut. Certain lines of dialogue from Mark over-explaining the Orca were cut. Many more similar edits were made throughout the film.​

IV: Besides goals I-III, stay as true to the original cut as possible. Why? Because the original cut has many great kaiju action scenes, and decent overall pacing to begin with.​
Additional Notes:
As I got deeper into the editing of this film I realized a scene would work with a music track. I worked hard to blend it back and forth with that of the film's at this point. In a scene towards the end with Emma, I use parts of this same music track to try and emphasize the hopelessness of the moment. After that, I used a remixed version of the song over part of the end titles. It fleshes out the use of the track I hope. This music track is not overused. I intended for it to be understated after it’s initial use. I also wove parts of the deleted scenes into the edit. These include a flashback of Mark with his son during a birthday party and that of Madison using a radio.
Other Sources:
Halo Jump from Godzilla (2014)
"Hacking/Cutting" by Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow
"Third Street" by Ryan Taubert
"Why So Serious" by Hanz Zimmer
"Why So Serious" remixed by The Crystal Method
"The Woods" by Lorn
(Additional audio and video credits at the end of the fanedit itself)
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Special Thanks:
A massively huge and Godzilla sized special thanks to ArtisDead and Wraith for all the help and time they put into this. They helped in so many ways from cuts to the film, to guidance on the artwork and logos and the whole submission process. They went above and beyond helping me out. The fanedit itself is now much better off with their help and input. Thank you ArtisDead & Wraith, you are both saints in my book.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
Timestamps below are from theatrical cut.
-I cut all the jokes except for a select couple.
-Kitchen scene: major scene cuts that made new audio foley necessary.
-Cut shots of Mark acting weird listening to wolves (13:45sec)
-Cut jokes at Monarch hearing (13:05sec)
-Cut Mark reactions shots (14:54sec)
-Deleted joke at (15:03sec)
-Cut out smoke shot (18:00sec)
-Cut Emma talking to Madison (22:12sec)
-Cut elevator joke (23:04)
-Cut dialogue (27:18sec)
-Cut joke (27:35sec)
-Cut joke (29:33sec)
-Scene change with overlapping audio (31:08sec)
-Cut line about running (35:49sec)
-Cut shot of Emma looking sad (35:54sec)
-Cut partial dialogue of Madison talking about Mark (37:07sec)
-Add deleted scene - Mark dreams of son's birthday (45:20sec)
-Cut Emma shot (48:01sec)
-Cut to word "but" in Emma's speech to truncate it (48:07sec)
-Cut Emma's speech from ".. Earth's natural defense system.." part to " ..unless we restore
balance.." (49:20sec)
- Cut all the rhetorical exposition (50:07sec) and cut to reaction shot (50:10sec)
-Cut joke (55:48sec)
-Cut joke (1:00:52sec)
-Added Godzilla sound effect (1:03:11sec)
-Cut shot (1:03:37sec)
-Added deleted scene - Madison using radio to contact survivors (1:10:19sec)
-Cut joke (1:12:04sec)
-Cut joke (1:12:21sec)
-Cut exposition and overlap audio for transition (1:14:40sec)
-Cut joke (1:17:14sec)
-Cut joke (1:17:46sec)
-Cut joke (1:18:42sec)
-Cut joke (1:18:47sec)
-Cut joke (1:21:01sec)
-Cut joke (1:23:30sec)
-Cut joke (1:26:48sec)
-Cut joke (1:27:28sec)
-Cut joke (1:38:19sec)
-Cut joke (1:38:25sec)
-Cut joke (1:43:53sec)
-Cut joke (1:44:13sec)
-Cut "funny" arguing (1:47:26sec)
-Cut look of Madison being happy (1:53:24sec)
-Cut partial look of Madison being happy again (1:53:44sec)
-Cut Emma kissing Madison (1:54:12sec)
-Cut Emma smile and one-liner (1:57:02sec)
-Cut joke (1:59:21sec)
-Cut smile (2:00:20sec)
Cuts from August 2021:
-Completely rework introduction credits scene with Godzilla (2014) blended with shots from
the opening of Godzilla: KOTM (2019)
-(52:25) around this fix the double used shot over shoulder
-(37:00) around this fix clipping on helicopter
-Cut Emma crying madi at (1:26:51)
-Cut emma saying "i have to fix this"(1:36:00)
-Cut "we both want to save the planet.."(50:24)
-Cut Alan saying "told them your whole plan" (49:49)
-Cut Madi's smile to see Godzilla in Boston
Completed Changes and Fixes from September 2021:
-cut line: "I record everything..." (around 1hr.16min.)
-Cut/Re-align shots when Alan exclaims "We don't have time for this"
-Cut line: "I have to fix this." by Emma when leaving to find Madison
Cuts from December 2021:
-23:43 - remove line "deep breaths eyes straight..."
-1:05:00 - remove Madi line "you're a monster"
-1:23:25 - cut line "all the legends, the stories, they're true!"
-1:26:35 -cut short action scene - cut to fenway park shot (1:27:09)
-1:35:04 -"Are you ok?" cut line
-1:45:33 -"he's gonna reach critical mass, in 6 minutes" - cut "6 minutes" out
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Wow, what a great edit! For me, the theatrical release of this movie never quite hit the right notes for me, I wanted so much but the jokes kept me from ever really getting immersed in the story. Not anymore! These cuts were just what was needed to tell just a cool monster story, and to do justice to all the classic monsters. Now they don't feel like they were just used as a gimmick.

Solid work for a first approved edit! Bravo! I'm actually interested again in this franchise!

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I really enjoyed this just as much as enjoyed the original for many reasons but the greatest improvement that this fan edit made it better is that he tone down and finally made that annoying Martin Scorcese look-a-like comic relief character actually tolerable. While I can tolerate Thomas Middleditch it could just be that I recognize and like him better and at least he didn't kill the mood like the other guy did who always tries to make a joke every time he talks which is just as much irritating as he looks even in real life apparently. So that was honestly my only real problem in the movie but the rest of the flaws that were fixed were forgivable but much appreciated nonetheless. Other than that the other best thing is getting rid of scenes that were obvious ideas from a Hollywood producer intervening in the movie production like the human villain exchanging funny faces with the daughter after massacring scientists in Antarctica, or the parents bickering whose the bad parent while searching for said daughter in the middle of a monster fight even it wouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the best place for her to hide in their own home.
My only complaint is the obvious awkward transitions from not just adding new music in the movie but also removing any comedy in the middle of conversations and moments which make the edits look more forced than natural at times, unfortunately. For music the tense music straight from the Dark Knight at the Mexican standoff at the antarctic just ended abruptly and either the music should have just faded out instead of being cut off or have the music ends when the dad finally caught up to the villain. For scenes, there were awkward cut-offs between scenes of the dad and Middleditch's character where the joke is that he clearly hates the guy which I understand why that should have been removed but honestly, I would have preferred editing it in a way that the dad warms up to him as the movies progress or just left it alone since it is a popcorn movie and comic relief character or jokes are inevitable sadly.
Overall a fun movie and I hope you work on the other Godzilla movies too.

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Excellent video quality, audio occasionally a little muffled and appears to lag slightly but this may be an issue with my playback rather than the edit itself.

Despite having seen the original film from 2014 I never bothered watching the sequel, perhaps a consequence of getting bored out of my mind by Kong: Skull Island. Seeing this edit’s listing prompted me to visit it at last and try it before the theatrical cut so I would have no prior knowledge or expectation, thus while I cannot comment on how much of an improvement this cut is the stated aim of achieving tonal consistency has certainly been achieved.

While some moments of the drama do feel a bit overwrought, the sense of dread is unbroken throughout by the described “lighter” moments present in the original: an exception would be presence of the news pages during the end credits, after the somber ending I found it a bit jarring to see the comparatively upbeat proclamations of how the monsters are the solution to the world’s ecological issues!

While not a film I am personally interested in revisiting, it is a decent piece of work and an amazing achievement for a first time editor!

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This is way more darker and serious than the original which I really like . Many good cuts removing the silliness !
Also for audio similar situation had to vol. up and down sometimes.
For now , this tops all Godzilla/Titan movies and is my go to version. .

Thank you !

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A much, much more palatable experience than the original cut, with dumb jokes reduced and a sense of menace maintained throughout. It still feels like a story written by 10 years olds and populated with adults with the intelligence of 5 year-olds, but that's par for the course in most monster movies. The beasts/titans/kaiju are the stars and are afforded all of the emotional maturity, leaving the human actors high-and-dry. In all, a shelf-replacer for sure for the original movie, although I have to admit having to turn the volume up and down between the dialogue and the special effect (edit: this may have just been my basic-ass audio set-up, so "grain-of-salt"). Still, a taut entry in the Titanverse (or whatever we're calling it) series and I look forward to seeing what this editor does next.

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