Gargantuan mechas battling gargantuan monsters—these are the ingredients for Awesome Sauce, except for what felt like a gargantuan theatrical run time. (I fell asleep watching the original version, but in my defense, I had just escaped three weeks of sleepless torment by the Porcupine People, bastards one and all.)
In comes Ranger Kris with his nuclear-powered buzz saw, and gone is more than half an hour of bloat, leaving a lean popcorn flick that's, by gosh, even popcornier. I would have preferred even more slicing, including the already thin father-pilot-son-pilot subplot. Also, some judicious cutting could have eliminated the telecommunication between the Shatterdome control room and the pilots who crossed over to the kaiju dimension, because really, you don't want Facebook to know what you're doing over there.
The addition of the faneditor's name at the start and end of the movie was notable for being stylish and bold, as it should be in a movie of this sort. Image quality was superb except for the credits, which were juddery as hell. But fuck, who cares about the credits? Because there be monsters and robots to behold.
This is the kind of movie I would have fapped to in my childhood. As soon as I take over the Porcupine People's time machine, I'm going back to deliver this fanedit to my six-year-old self, who probably won't know what to do with the USB stick. Guess I've got a to haul a flat screen, too.
Typing this as I watch, forgive the train-wreak of flow.
Around 5:00, the the thumping bass is clipping. I don't think it was like that in the original.
This continues till around 5:36
The clipping continues through for quite some time, actually.
The exiting animations put in earlier seems cool, but it also seemed very late for an intro. 17 minutes in.
@ 20:00, the little talk between Marshall and the congressional people... This has nothing to do with the edit, but I felt the entire coastal wall thing was stupid. Why couldn't the coastal wall just be the thing that's being constructed to slow down Kaiju? Why not just show the hammer head one busting through it like the kool-aid man? And everyone could just be like, GOOD THING that big ass wall was there to slow it down!!
So, if this edit was to be revised further, I'd say cut the unnecessary coastal wall bit pieces, and leave the construction scene, and the scene where the hammer head busts through it.
I think the coastal wall bits could be cut up to 21:06ish.
38:21ish to 38:50, maybe the sub-plot of Marshall dying from cancer can be removed? This small chunk also (conveniently) contains pointless talk about the coastal wall and how the Jager program was discontinued.
39:05 - more mentions of the 'wall of life', perhaps that can be taken out? Or the entire chunk of video there altogether?
Is it just me, or does the Kaiju that appears in Marco's memory seem waaaay smaller than the very first Kaiju that came through the breach?? I thought they got bigger as time went along?
I really like how the 2nd half of Marco's memory was integrated in earlier. It wasn't one huge long chunk of her memories - like how I was expecting - it was spliced in with a bit of other video between it. It came out really nice.
54:00 exactly, the Jager has no latissimus dorsi (lats). Nothing to do with the edit, but I had to say something. It just looks so unnatural, even for a gigantic robot.
1:06:24, The scene of the Kaiju breaking into the bunker. This flows really nicely and has some great CG in it, but I wonder if the entire thing couldn't just be cut? With all the other scenes of drifting with a Kaiju being cut, why does the Kaiju dig into a bunker?? Shouldn't he be pre-occupied with destroying the city, or the last remaining Jager outpost? Or... Gypsy Danger?
1:08:33 Surprised to see that the Jager fist starting the physics-balls is still in... Sort of silly but it's comic relief.
From 1:14 to about 1:15:23 is more stuff about Marshall and his radiation exposure. It leads into the triple event though. I feel that bit could be cut, but it could go either way. You could introduce his illness at 1:14 and it'd work.
1:18:42 - This is way, way out of left field - after having all of the other scenes of bullying taken out. Marshall calls Striker's younger co-pilot a lot of seemingly off-the wall names as he describes how he has him "figured out" and it just doesn't fit well with all the pertaining back-story removed. Maybe this can be cleaned up, while still maintaining the Father-Son talk?
Another movie issue: nothing to do with the fan edit, but how did that big-ass Category 5 Kaiju survive a direct blast from a 2,400lb Thermal-Nuclear Warhead ???? but the ENTIRE Kaiju manufacturing facility is just blasted to bits from Gypsy Danger's meager dual-core nuclear reactors???? MAKES NO SENSE! NO SENSE!
Overall, great edit. I feel it can be improved a bit more though, especially with the audio. It noticeably clips throughout the earlier scenes and in some parts it's fairly distracting because the audio is distorted. The cut choices were on-target, and the scene swaps flowed fine. I think a few more (very short) sub-stories can be removed though.
So I'm a massive Pacific Rim fan, to the point where I can actually enjoy the sequel as a dumb cash grab that still has good action. However, even for people who don't already love the film, this is a masterpiece. There are a couple of things I'd like to see stay in the film, such as keeping more of Gottlieb, but this has absolutely replaced the original for me and has made me put this at the bottom of my planned edits, to make sure that my skills are worthy of this edit.
The key change to this film is that Gottlieb and Newton's research subplot has been cut out entirely and so the focus has been tightened onto the pilots and their relationships with the machines as well as each other. This also helps to give the radiation's effects on Pentecost the chance to be seen, still not as much as I'd like but I don't think there are any other scenes (either deleted or cut) to give this more screentime.
I'm very new to the scene, but even so the technical quality seems absolutely perfect.