Simply amazing. Brilliant editing. All the other reviewers have pretty much summed up basically what I thought as well. I was honestly so surprised and blown away with how well it works with most stuff taken out in the original and overall its just brilliant.
Allow me to preface with the fact that I love the original. I wouldn't want them to have delivered The Joker in any other way.... at least at the time of initial viewing. I was mostly drawn to this one because the title is hilarious.
That being said - this is absolutely a worthwhile watch and it is amazing how you can encapsulate the feeling of the entire film in 45 minutes without feeling like anything was lost. Kudos for having the vision, because as stated I watched The Joker and didn't notice anything I would have done differently.
I think most of these fan fixes take movies that are objectively bad because of the addition of certain storylines that never affect the movie in any one way or another and essentially they are removing fluff to realign the movie and 9 times out of 10 the only way to make a bad movie less bad is to take some of the bad out. Usually a fan fix of a good movie improves it by adding in deleted scenes and shifting the narrative in a way that keeps the deleted scenes from feeling out of place.
This takes a good movie, removes good scenes, and somehow makes it better (or at the very least as good). Wild!
While I enjoyed the original film, I felt while watching it that it was a tad meandering and didn't always know what it wanted to say. This edit, on the other hand, has a clear vision and gets its point across without sacrificing character development or plot. Would definitely recommend.
Wow. I hope this doesn't sound pessimistic, but I didn't expect to like this so much. I actually liked Joker a lot, and didn't really believe a 45min edit could produce anything solid when this first came out. But after such great reviews, I had to at least SEE it. Boy am I glad I did.
I'm still kinda stunned by it. Its simply amazing. I am shocked at how much stuff was taken out, and even more stunned at how the film was actually better for it. It feels less preachy about SO MANY THNGS, and shows a solid origin story that felt longer than it was, in the best way. This is what GREAT fanediting looks like.