I thoroughly enjoyed this edit. From beginning to end I thought it was nothing but an improvement, but I did notice I didn't feel as invested once the story transitions to BvS. However that is more a critique of BvS than MoT. Would recommend.
This is the second fan edit I've watched from this editor in two days. I'm really impressed with his work.
Once again the edits are seamless and most of the editing choices were spot on. Many of the weaknesses of the two films are covered up by this edit. The awful editing and repetitive action of MoS is gone and so is the extremely convoluted conspiracy plot from BvS. The Martha scene is handled much better here, and cuts down on the cheese factor a little. I also loved how Pa Kent's sacrifice to hide Clark's identity from humanity is intercut with Superman's sacrifice to save humanity. This edit is definitely an improvement on the originals.
The first flashback scene is completely out of place in this edit. If you're going to utilize flashbacks, they should serve the story or inform us about the character in a meaningful way as it relates to what's happening. In the original film, it exists solely to set up that Zod has trouble when he is first exposed to Earth's atmosphere. In this edit it sets nothing up. It's just there. The whole "focus on my voice" thing doesn't come into play at all either. I would have used the flashback of him saving the bus full of kids since it fits thematically with what just happened.
The love story is still a problem. I still didn't buy it, and I'm not sure it's fixable. Lois and Superman just simply don't have enough screen time together and the actors have zero chemistry together. The ring showing up at the end also seemed really random here. I would have left in a little of the bathtub scene after the hero montage to show that their relationship has progressed enough for him to want to propose to her. Lex Luthor only just being introduced in Act 2 is a slight problem, but I'm not sure how I feel about that. Also, the post credit scene with Lex ranting about someone coming, and then the painting shot didn't make a whole lot of sense without seeing the setup for this it earlier in the film. If someone had watched this edit alone, they'd have no idea where that painting scene was taking place. I would have left in his arrest to show him talking to the "mysterious figure," but I'm not sure how the editor could include any of the earlier scene at his home with the senator.
Overall, I'd recommend this edit. It's still head and shoulders above MoS and BvS by themselves despite the problems I had with it.
JobWillin's pitch about a movie condensing both worlds is a really interesting thing, I am a huge Superman fan and would consider any way of watching him unfold. The beginning of the movie really grabbed me, the whole sequence of showing all of the Krypton destruction and Clark's parents sending him off as a brief montage really got me excited of how things were gonna progress in this fanedit, I congratulate this edit on the whole beginning sequence, it is a great way of showing the development, immediately the movie jumps in a development of clark in his new persona, cutting down a lot of material and toning down the violence in its way, I must say it was shown in a good way but felt too fast, I did not get a sense of who the character and the color difference of the jump to BvS really felt different for me. It was a good way to interpret all this footage.
I liked quite a lot Man of Steel but didn't like Batman V Superman.
I'm sorry to tell but this fanedit didn't do service to Man of Steel. It made (in my opinion) a very good movie only into a decent one. It seems there wasn't enough buildup for the invasion for example. It all happened so quickly. It's just as some poor citizen in the film asked "is it over?"... I felt the same way. It also suffered a bit from "all over the place" syndrom. Quite a few times I wondered "why did this scene appear just now?". I could still keep track on the movie, but it wasn't easy.
Zod was handled mediocore at best. He was so well done in the original movie but I didn't feel anything about him in this fanedit. He just appeared, fought and lost. I didn't care about him as a character. The same goes for Lois Lane, and her relationship with Superman. I don't think it was done well in the original movies but their relationship didn't make much sense in this fanedit either. There wasn't enough buildup in that area.
Obviously when editing two long movies into one, a lot of cutting is needed. I think the editor did fine job overall but once again I felt Man of Steel suffered a lot in the process. However it's worth mentioning that Batman V Superman was handled way better. Now that movie sucked originally and I feel the editor made it better. I only wished that he could have cut less Man of Steel and more Batman V Superman.
Very well done on audio editing. It sounded seemless between different cuts. Batman V Superman scenes might have had a tad higher volume but I might be wrong about that. I didn't go back to check it. And if it did, the difference wasn't that big.
The editor seems talented and all the scenes were technically cut very well.