Joker: The Multiple Choice Recut

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If I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!
Original Movie Title:
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Original Release Date:
2019
Original Running Time:
116
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
99
Time Cut:
17
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Brief Synopsis:
This edit retells the story of Joker in four parts and leans into the unreliable nature of the character.
Intention:
Joker was an interesting film that was largely inspired by The King of Comedy and Taxi Driver by Scorsese - two great films I highly recommend you go watch - but I thought it'd be interesting to rework it so that it followed a more ambiguous route - after all, the Joker's backstory has always been a mystery and reworking the film in this way keeps it as such.
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Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
Scenes were rearranged into four different arcs.
1. I Have A Condition - Follows Arthur's mental condition, the shootings on the train that result from it, and the subsequent clown-related protests.
2. Clowning Around - Follows Arthur's party clown career and the trouble he runs into after buying a gun.
3. Happy - Follows Arthur's difficult financial situation and his relationship with his mother.
4. That's Life - Follows Arthur's stand up career and his interest in Murray's show.

The character of Sophie (and the subplot relating to her) was almost completely cut, save for a few brief appearances. The asylum scene from the end was split up and used at the end of each arc, in order to imply Arthur is telling these stories to the prison psychiatrist. Some overlap between the arcs was inevitable - I mostly let this be as it feeds into the unreliable narrator aspect of the story.
Cuts and Additions:
1st arc - I Have A Condition:
Cut Arthur on the bus with the kid. Although this scene provides exposition, I thought it best to leave Arthur's condition be ambigious, plus there is a clash here as the very next scene is Arthur on a train - didn't want to go from a bus scene to a train screne.
Trimmed scene where Arthur and Sophie see the poster so that they are not walking together, she is just a random person who talks to Arthur.
Cut shots of Arthur at the first protest, as the next scene is him going out in clown makeup and running into protesters on the train.

2nd arc - Clowning Around:
Cut Arthur playing with the gun and accidently firing it.
Cut mention of the train killings as Arthur clears out of work.

3rd arc - Happy:
Cut Sophie from the scene where Arthur is at hospital.

4th arc - That's Life:
Cut Arthur meeting Sophie, stalking her, inviting her to his standup, their relationship, her at the standup, Arthur entering her apartment. Reason: her presence had no relevance to any of the four arcs, felt like a Fight Club-inspired idea that was tacked on.
Cut shot in asylum implying Arthur is laughing at Thomas' murder.

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A great alternate way to watch the Joker movie - it feels like short, focused narratives rather than the multiple plotlines interwoven in the original, and for me, it especially hit hard with the mother relationship section, feeling even darker than the original by putting it all together.

Great work, a couple audio transitions hit a little bold for me but nothing distracting and up to personal tastes. Lots of great planning work must have been done to "mix" up how to retell a story by "unmixing" things, bravo. A worthy FEOTM winner, showing what this great hobby is capable of in fresh, new ways.

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Excellent alternative to the movie. I love how you managed to split the film into 4 separate stories, each one is a self-contained plausible origin story for the Joker, and yet, it still forming a coherent whole. It works perfectly since Arthur is an unreliable narrator, so maybe the truth is hiding between two lies.

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An impressive feat of narrative restructuring, I was totally engaged by this edit. It evokes a more art house vibe, one that works exceptionally well with Phoenix's nuanced performance and complements the camerawork and direction of the film generally.

The framing of Arthur's internal and external stresses in individual subplots gives each a fair weight and plausibility, and the material that is cut isn't missed. The reveal of events is skillfully ordered, I was never thrown out of the narrative. Heavisyde pulls this off masterfully.

The only place where this version shows its fanedit nature is where the opening titles unexpectedly roll in the beginning of the second sequence, but that's such a nitpick in the scope of what this edit achieves.

Highly recommended.

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Splitting the various aspects of Joaquin Phoenix Joker’s story into separate origins not only brought this version of Joker closer to his comic counterpart but ultimately improved the overall pacing of the film, at no point did I feel that the edit was dragging on for to long unlike the theoretical edition in fact the time just flew by for me I enjoyed it that much and I gained a newfound level of appreciation for each of his character arcs which really stand out better when presented in this narrative format.

It raises all sorts of intriguing questions such as which is his true origin? are they all his true origin? or are none of his origin stories real, is this simply just him trolling the therapist for his own sadistic amusement? the sound layering and transition between scenes was near floorless with the only jarring visual cut being from the 1:07:19 hour mark to the next shot hence why I gave the edit a 9 in the Visual Editing Department.

I did encounter some visual glitches though I am convinced that they may either be the result of a downloading error or VLC Media Player acting up rather than being a problem with the edit itself, said glitches involved the picture freezing and distorting for a few brief seconds before going back to normal though as to when they occurred it’s hard to pinpoint specific timestamps but there was one in Clowning Around, two in Happy and three in That’s Life.

I dought the glitches are a problem with said edit as I stated up above though I'd thought I'd bring it up anyway, this edit is a near replaceable alternative to watching the theatrical cut for me.

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Owner's reply March 20, 2022

Thank you for your review. I agree the cut at 1:07:19 is a bit abrupt, I just couldn't find a better way of cutting the dialogue there. Regarding the glitches, I took another look at the file but didn't see anything, I think it's probably an issue with your media player.

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Yet another flawless edit from Heavisyde.
I watched the edit in four parts (four separate files) and It worked great.
The original version is a great film but I think this edit is even better with scenes moved around.
it's better paced than the original.
I have no complains at all this is a well executed Edit.

Great Work!
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