Quick review: I did my own take on this and stayed accurate to the graphic novel but what Wakeupeo did here was sacrifice a bit of the "accuracy" of the adaptation for some creative freedom and it absolutely works. Some purists might object to some of his changes but personally I think he did a fantastic job adapting Alan Moore's vision into something better suited for the small screen, even keeping some of the scenes created for the adaptation (although not from the awful first 30 minutes, mind you). The Killing Joke is almost impossible to adapt because it is so deeply rooted in comic book language that you have no choice but to take some creative liberties to have a riveting adaptation. One of the things that annoyed me the most in the original adaptation is Joker's song - it works great in the graphic novel but animated and sung? It completely destroys the tension and makes the scene comical. Wakeupeo boldly chose to remove the song altogether and... it works great. And the way he did it is clever, too. So in conclusion, I'd say if you're a purist, watch my adaptation but if you want the superior emotional uppercut that the Killing Joke story is, go with this one.
Just when I thought everything had been said, fanedit-wise, about the Killing Joke movie, along comes Wakeupkeo with a fresh take that gives the source a very different feel by changing the score. Which was a stroke of genius: the score of the live-action Joker film gives the story the sinister, oppressive tones that were sorely lacking in the animated movie due to the overall generic approach it took. And it makes all the difference in the world. I also highly admired the solution that has been found for the issue of the musical number. That was a stroke of genius.
A previous reviewer has commented on the alleged bad, tinny sound quality. I, however, found no issue with the audio whatsoever. If anything, the music might at times be a tiny bit too loud in comparison to the dialogue, but that's a necessary compromise in order to get rid of the remains of the original score, and far from a deal-breaker at all. I listened to it throuh headphones, though, so no idea about how it sounds in a home cinema setup with all the bells and whistles, but personally I found nothing tinny about it. It was consistently solid, as was the video.
The only issue I might have with this is the decision to keep the carny fight scene. I discussed it with Wakeupkeo and I understand and respect the reasons for keeping it, but it still feels to me like a completely conventional bit from any run-of-the-mill Batman story shoehorned into a very unconventional one. Other than that, while this is not a book cut, it does feel a lot like the graphic novel, mostly thanks to the score. A great edit, and a bad movie made less bad indeed.
The fan edit was good in all areas but one. The sound. For some reason everyone sounded like they were talking out of a tin can. I assume this is some sort of issue caused by separating the speech from the music to put in new music, but it really messed up the experience for me and made it really hard to watch. If not for the audio problem id say it was as good as blue yodas edit. You need to release a new version of the fan edit with fixed audio.
Owner's replyJanuary 03, 2022
I appreciate @Basedman2022 taking the time to watch and be the first to review this edit, and am so sorry that they had a bad audio experience. I put a ton of time in specifically on quality sound design in this edit, and I really apologize since I pride myself so much on quality. This is the first I have heard of the “tin sounding “ response from any one of the many respected editors who previewed it, but that does not mean this reviewer is wrong. I have already politely reached out to find out if they watched on headphones or 5.1 surround sound, or another method. I have not heard back yet from @BasedMan2022 about their specific issues, but I have sent a link to them to see if this resolves their audio issues : new version with audio fixed a ton - no AI adjusted dialogue, only original now. If so, it will become the official version.