Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Dramatic Cut

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Original Release Date:
2019
Original Running Time:
132
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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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Not a huge fan of the 'Monster-verse' films, but always liked the fun and occasionally the pathos of Godzilla (in the original and more recently in Minus One), so I had to pick this one up. I was disappointed with the film after viewing but I saw an edit released for it and had to give it a shot. Much, much better. If you want a fun Godzilla movie that also doesn't grate your nerves with juvenile humor in addition to the asinine plot, this edit is the way to go. The typical Godzilla film ridiculousness is here, but it's much, much more tolerable with all of the cringe humor edited out. It even occasionally rises above its genre and got me to take it seriously, so I'd say the edit accomplished its goals. Very tasteful editing and leaves the giant creature awesomeness intact...this is definitely the best way to watch the film!

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Thank you for the kind and thoughtful review mate!

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First, allow me to say that the original of this movie was one of the most disappointing watch experiences I’ve ever had. The dialogue was cheap, reductive, and followed the style of the worst action-comedy films have to offer.

The dramatic cut skillfully does away with all of this disappointment and leaves a refreshingly strong entry into the Godzilla franchise that I cannot recommend highly enough.

The only issue I found was a brief, almost unnoticeable audio cut about halfway through the movie (apologies for not thinking to write down the exact time). It was so slight that I genuinely believe this might have been apart of the source audio and not due to the edit and thus I cannot redact any points.

Continuing on to our review, INIGHTMARES delivers a tense, sometimes chill inducing version of Godzilla: King of Monsters that has broken free of the chains of “Well THAT just happened” writing. It never takes away too much from the original, just enough to make a diamond in the rough shine true.

If you are searching for a fantastic monster movie night, this is the edit for you.

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Owner's reply January 28, 2024

Thank you! It was a group effort between myself, ArtisDead, and Wraith!

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Amazing fixes all around! Really improved this movie as much as possible.

So many of those moments where I could almost feeeeel the cringey dialogue were cut and the movie greatly benefits from it.

From the audio aspect, there were just one or two moments where a sound or music cut short a little too abruptly, but I'm sorry to say I didn't write down the times. It really wasn't bad but I did notice it (maybe because I was looking for it?).

In terms of the narrative, I agree with another commenter that there was still a lot of dialogue that could, usually from Bradley Whitford. It felt like every character spent the whole movie saying insane things haha maybe there's no way to fix it without cutting too much of the narrative.

Regardless, I think you have saved this movie for me. Before it was an annoying cartoony mess of a movie and now, as you titled it, it is nice and dramatic! Excellent work :)

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Owner's reply January 28, 2024

Thank you for the detailed review mate! Much appreciated.

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You did it, you frigging did it! I always KNEW there was a decent movie in there somewhere, and this edit proves it once and for all. I wanted to love this movie so badly when I saw it in the theater, but the awful jokes and quips just absolutely ruined the experience. The most disappointing thing was knowing that if you cut a bunch of things, there really was a solid movie hidden underneath. I was so sure of it that I was actually considering getting into making a fan edit of my own. Thank god for you though, you handled it much better than I ever would have.

To be clear, this edit fixes EVERYTHING I had an issue with regarding the theatrical cut. The pervy jokes are all gone, the terrible dialogue has been trimmed, and we're treated to an atmosphere that much more aligns with the movie's predecessor. Aside from the jokes, there are two PAINFUL parts that I am so glad this cut finally eliminates. The first is Emma's embarrassingly expositional speech regarding why she's gone bad. My god, I wanted to walk out of the theater watching that special piece of cringe. The second (and this brought a tear of happiness to my eye) was the removal of her "Long live the king" line before her death. All I can say is THANK YOU for erasing this from the film.

The only small criticism I can lend is at one point there was a slightly awkward audio/music transition, for a like a second. That's about it.

This is the ONLY way this film should be experienced. You've taken a 3/10 film and made it a 9/10. This is the sequel I had hoped for ever since it was announced, and now I have zero issues telling anyone I am a fan of this universe once more.

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Owner's reply January 28, 2024

Wow, thank you for all your thoughts on this. Glad I could make this thing enjoyable. The original truly is hard/impossible to watch.

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I just have to say, I watched this movie in theathers, and feeling good for me, but not for the others, and just watching the movie, and then watching everyone after it was over, no one felt good about that, I was like ''my god, was it so bad'', but this guy right here save it, and made like a really good movie, like ''why we won't put some Drama on it?'' and he did it, it was like less jokes and more action, really you really need to see this, forget the theatrical, watch this one.

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Owner's reply September 17, 2023

Thank you for the kind and thoughtful review. I'm really happy you like this version so much :)

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