I saw this Fanedit along time ago, and I didn't made a review
So, I'll make it now
Mars Attacks! is one of my fav childhood movies, I still enjoy it as an adult
Now, what I can say is that, this Fanedit is very clever
Giving more leadership to a character who was almost a wasted character until the end is not something that I see very often. I have to admit that all that subplots in the Theatrical release are not the big thing. This Fanedit fixes all the troubles that had the original film
Audio Video Quality: 10/10. I saw it in HD, and I don't regret it
Visual Editing: 6/10. Most of the dumped actors' characters are in the main titles, you should make a new main title, or just omit them, and let them for the end
Audio Editing: 9/10
Narrative: 10/10. As I said, I loved how clever is the narrative in this edit giving more leadership to secondary characters who barely has 10 scenes.
Do you recommend this edit?
Owner's replyJuly 11, 2014
Thank you for your review. I'm not really one to complain about ratings, but does the title sequence (which would be way too much work for me to even consider remaking, and features all the big name stars that do make at least cameos in my edit) really push you to give a 6/10 for visual editing?
I remember when the original commercials played promoting MARS ATTACKS back in 1996, coming on the heels of Independence Day -- it looked like a wild ride and I soooooo wanted to like this movie. But when I finally saw it in the theatre, I left very disappointed. The original is a bloated mess of lunacy with no one at the rudder. There are moments of brilliant satire and humor, but often it is lost with Tim Burton going too far over the top, almost showing off without any regard to the audience's intelligence.
Reave's fan edit is a definite improvement over the original. The story is much more focused and better paced, and the humor plays stronger. It is still a lunatic of a movie. You definitely need to be in the right frame of mind to thoroughly enjoy it. I have often wondered if the madness ( and 1950s homages) would play better if the movie had been Black and White?
Technically, the fan edit is perfect. Perfect audio and video. Excellent cuts. In terms of entertainment, as remarkable as this edit is, some of the material still does not work for me. It a very uneven fare for me. But humor is very subjective. I still whole heartedly recommend this fan edit, especially for the hard core Tim Burton fans and lovers of campy schlock.
It's been a while since I have seen the original Mars Attacks! and Reave's edit was a welcome excuse to revisit Burton's crazy movie. This edit is extremely well edited. The pacing is much better than the original which got dragged down by a huge ensemble of characters.
This edit was a joy - while watching i tried remembering all the scenes I found funny or scenes that stuck with me. And every time I thought Reave would cut this he found a way to incorporate it.
For example the death of Jack Black's character with the american flag. Even though he has a much bigger backstory he more or less is a one-note character and works fine as he is now - an incompetent fool who has joined the army.
Many characters who get introduced earlier in the original are still there but get introduced much quicker via throwaway lines and because almost every character is a caricature it is not important to spend too much time with them as they are mostly there to deliver punchlines
I found almost no flaws in the editing other than I expected the Byron Williams character and the DeVito character to reappear because they were introduced when the martians arrived.
other than that I loved this edit a lot and will probably rewatch it the next time i am in the mood for "ack ack ack ack ack ack"
Owner's replyJanuary 13, 2013
Thanks for the review, Sunarep.
The Devito scene is meant to be a cameo, nothing more.
Mars Attacks! was a movie I remember enjoying, and have been meaning to revisit - my DVD was getting dusty on the shelf, and Reave's fanedit was a good excuse to watch the film again.
As far as narrative and editing choices, Reave hit the mark pretty spot on. I get the idea of cutting side characters back to cameos, and that worked brilliantly. I would have probably excised more of the Art and Barbara Land scenes, though. Their screen time seemed to be in this awkward middle land - a bit too much for a cameo, but not enough to weave properly into the story. The only other minor complaint I had was that it seemed like the film moved too fast from the discovery of the aliens' weakness. One moment Richie and Grandma make the discovery, and the next, the military has integrated the speaker systems into their tanks. Something felt missing. Maybe it was just the loss of side plots that made it move fast. Those are pretty minor complaints though, and I don't want to focus on the negative. This was a REALLY fun watch, and Reave did a great job focusing the story
On the tech side, the cuts were invisible, the video was beautiful, and the sound was great. Again, I have two small complaints - this time about the audio. First, the sound was slightly off sync. It was a matter of milliseconds, so its was not really that distracting, but it was a bit off. I think at least one other person commented on this, so it wasn't just my system. Second, the scene where the spaceship crashes could use a bit of foley work. The music alone didn't carry it quite enough.
For a movie that can't decide if it wants to be a misanthropic throwback to the 50s sci-fi movies, a ZAZ-style parody or a 70s celebrity-strewn disaster pic, this edit brings a lot more focus to Burton's original sprawling mess of a picture. This edit zooms by and puts the focus squarely where it belongs -- the Looney Tunes-style mischevious and homicidal men from Mars, the real draw of this movie. None of the human characters are compelling enough to merit any more screen time than necessary, so let's just cut right to the chase and watch those Ack-Ack'ers mutilate and melt them.