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.
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.
The pace is great and no time wasted on mediocre humor. The cuts have left a few inconsistencies, blood on Raleigh's face after Mako's meltdown in the Jaeger for example and no real explanation of the mean looks between Raleigh and Rob, sorry I mean Chuck. But this doesn't really detract from the action.
I agree that the bunker scene seemed out of place, no explanation of why everyone backed away from him and why the Kaiju would be trying to get him, I feel it could have been cut with no detriment to the story.
The video quality was excellent but the audio seemed a bit overblown in a few places earlier in the movie, both on my tablet and on my PC.
Overall though a good edit and one I'll return to in the future.
So I avoided this when it came out due to negative views, and now having seen the honest trailer and this edit, I know that this is an improvement.
The story flows well and it just works better than the original, which I'll likely never watch.
There were some minor sound issues and the only thing I'd edit further would be the guy with cancer. It doesn't seem as heroic, him sacrificing himself since he was gonna die anyway. Might as well go out with a bang eh?
This made a mediocre film good and my thanks go to the fan editor for making it possible.