I think that this edit would've been perfect if there'd been more footage to work with. It was executed as flawlessly as it could be. But, it was just lacking... Something. I don't know what. But something. I do know that I don't blame the editor for it, though.
I liked the Theatrical Cut, but something felt off about it. I was not the only one, as it seems, and some very creative people suggested this well deserved and logical flip in perspective (e.g., https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gksxu-yeWcU). I was curious to see how the movie actually feels now, and the answer is simple - Macmilln's Aurora Edit is a significant improvement over the TC. Highly recommended!
The edit is visually stunning, and I simply loved it. The characters felt more relatable, the reveal a lot more satisfying, and the narrative flows more sensibly. Well done! Definitely my go-to version of this film.
When I first watched the original movie i left the theater wondering if the movie would be better if it was from Aurora’s perspective. Then I forgot about the movie and then this shows up. And this is clearly better! It is seamless and thrilling!
Excellent quality and editing. I can’t compare in detail with the original because I did not remember everything. But it felt right, if I can say that.
Will be showing this to someone that hasn’t seen the original and discuss the narrative. And perhaps I will update my review.
If you're going to watch Passengers, watch this version. It's a lot closer to what I was expecting going into the original film. My only real issue is that the original movie was basically 3 different movies strung together and this edit cuts it down to 2 movies strung together. The idea of having the story center around Aurora from the beginning is excellent. The problem is just that the first half of the movie feels irrelevant once the second half starts. Maybe that's the intention of the original film? I don't know. But I feel like the first half of this movie (or specifically this edit) would work best as like an episode of Black Mirror. Trimmed down to 45-60min. Either the whole movie should expand on the idea of the first half or the whole movie should expand on the second half. They're just far too different to be in the same movie.
So while one of my main issues still remains, this masterful edit is the version I would show somebody who's interested in watching the movie.