Mathilda

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The idea of refocusing the story on Mathilda works wonders. The changes at the start also improve the character arc of Leon, he’s more mysterious and unknowable now.

The intent of removing the many moments that were just way too creepy and cringe has been fulfilled; these changes in no way worsen the main story beats, and the film becomes a lot easier to watch.

The training montage was the highlight of the edit, perfectly edited and scored.

The score changes all worked well. I’ve noticed a few dialogue lines that became a bit too quiet because of the new songs, but nothing major.

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I went into that edit without having seen the original movie. I must say it felt pretty seamless and well executed. Not knowing the story or how the movie was originally edited, it’s hard to tell if this edit makes it better or fixes any issues. But the truth is that Futon and ArtisDead’s version is great! Audio and video quality is excellent and the story feels natural and flowing easily through the movie (I am watching on a stereo setup). I really feel like I’m following Mathilda’s story and I believe that was the main approach as far as reframing the narrative goes. There are a lot of pop songs from that era in this edit but they suit the narrative and the training montage is great with that Patti Smith song. Overall I’d say this is an enjoyable 1h48 movie, well paced and engaging.
Mathilda is also well-structured. Character introduction, first plot point, character evolution, and so on. Everything is following a clear narrative, we are never lost. I was taken out for a brief moment at the end when I was served the same aerial shot of central park a second time. But all this is just me nitpicking what is in fact a great edit.

(I’m going to watch the original now and compare my notes)

I think I understand most of the choices regarding Mathilda’s edit. Removing the opening scene with Leon and the cringier stuff between the two characters is a good choice. It changes a little bit how I perceive the characters. But I don’t think it takes away anything from the movie. Mathilda feels a bit more like a lost soul, Leon a little less.
I must admit I like the original score. Having music without lyrics acts more like a supporting device than a moving one. I felt less guided watching the original when it came to music. The Mathilda edit feels more modern in that aspect. In fact it feels more modern in its narrative as well. So good job for bringing this movie to the 21st century guys!

Now where are the dream sequences? I didn’t realize until just now what is actually going on here! Nice work, it blends well and adds a little something. I wish it could have been done to Mathilda’s character instead but I acknowledge the execution and the research that went into it. Two thumbs up!
How did you remove the title in that flyby sequence?!
9/10 Enjoyment is because I liked the original score and the more fleshed out Leon. All the other stuff brings it back to a 9.

Okay.

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Owner's reply June 09, 2023

"How did you remove the title in that flyby sequence?!"

I snipped out the bit that shows "LEON" in the sky, After that fades out, there is about 2 seconds before the shot changes, so I slowed that down with Topaz to give myself enough time for my own title. Then I hid the original snip with a crossfade as the camera pans up from the trees. Then I added my own title and timed it to the music. I also added chromatic aberration to the title in an effort to match the original.

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This is the go to version for me. Thanks for the edit.

I love the fact that the discomfort has been removed. Love the addition of the 80s/90s songs. Love how it is Mathilda focus (Well, duh!)

Congrats on the well earned win, and thanks for convincing me to keep the blu-ray in the collection.

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Leon is a great 'one off' film, meaning there isn't really any other movie like it. I've seen it a few times, but some aspects of Leon and Mathildas relationship is a bit off putting. Thankfully, this edit comes along and remedies that. Focusing the story on Mathilda allows the viewers to bypass the unconfirmed moments in the film while simultaneously giving repeat viewers of the film a fresh experience. Replacing some of the music was a good experiment, which the editors pull off well. I also enjoyed the black and white flashbacks, a technique I hope to incorporate into my own efforts done day. Congrats to everyone involved, this is a quality edit here

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This edit offers a significantly different experience of a classic in a seemingly almost effortless way. I enjoyed it a lot, despite loving the original (theatrical) cut which I first saw in the cinema when it came out - and watched too many times ever since.

My thoughts in detail:
- The fading out of the first two songs is too abrupt in my opinion. If the original song doesn't have a fade-out at the end, it might have worked trying to make short versions of the songs (ending with the final beat of the song). Or the fade out could have been longer, or it could have transcended into a radio playing somewhere in the building.
- Replacing the Serra score when we first see Mathilda works great. I like Serra's music a lot, but it lacks subtlety, it is sometimes too naive (especially in this scene), and most of all: there's too much of it. I think there are only a few scenes in this movie that actually benefit from Serra's music.
- I would have skipped all scenes in Leon's apartment until Mathilda has entered there (save for the shots of Leon watching Stanfield's thugs). So no Leon working out and walking through his apartment (and also not visiting Tony). The audience's lack of additional knowledge about Leon will only make them identify even more with Mathilda.
- Adding the black and white flashbacks from Nikita would work great in the original version of the film. In this version though, we want to focus on Mathilda. Adding those flashbacks works against that.
- I've always wondered why Besson didn't use music from Beethoven during the massacre (Clockwork Orange, anyone?). Maybe it would have been worth a try?
- The 'Human Behavior' song eliminates too much of the tension during the third act. An instrumental version could have solved that problem, but maybe it would have been better to stick to the original score.
- Good replacement of the Serra score during Leon's final walk.
- Reversing the last shot before the end credits is nothing short of brilliant. Wauw.

Maybe the greatest accomplishment of this edit is proving that the original movie didn’t need those controversial scenes in the first place. ‘Mathilda’ gives the audience as intense an emotional, enjoyable and fulfilling experience as the orginal - just in a different way.

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