This is Lola Groundhog Day, oozing with style and unfolding with occiput-smacking newness. The rhythm is urgent, as if Back to the Future were put on a giant, motorized hamster wheel. Even the cover art is brilliant, paralleling Run Lola Run's poster in structure and theme.
I would give this masterpiece an eleven, but I can't find the fucking button.
I haven't seen Run Lola Run (yet), but I am a big fan of BTTF and things dealing with alternate timelines, so this edit was pretty rockin', in my opinion. BlueYoda did a fine job putting together the different clips to form a narrative.
Faced with the constraints of a 15-minute short, BlueYoda brilliantly takes the existing BTTF material and re-interprets it in such a way that makes us feel like we're watching it for the first time. (Considering how many times I've seen it, that's saying something!)
I haven't seen the film "Run Lola Run" on which the short is based, but I know the basic premise, and BlueYoda refashions the footage brilliantly to exploit the premise. The pounding, pulsating "Lola" score is effectively used to guide us through this new journey.
Intriguingly, there's no Doc in this version, and there's really no need for him. Showing Marty waking up in bed repeatedly almost makes us wonder if it really *was* all just a dream.
Intercutting sequences from earlier in the film with later scenes (such as Lorraine describing how she met George, with footage from those events overlaid with her narration) was a brilliant and effective storytelling device.
I enjoyed the black-and-white snapshots that showed us the domino effect from the decisions made in each "run." The most beautifully jaw-dropping sequence, though, occurred when Marty walked through a black-and-white 1955 Hill Valley that gradually changed into color before our eyes! The transition was so smooth, it was almost only perceived on a subconscious level.
Since we see multiple versions of how history could play out, by the time the last "run" occurred, I was on the edge of my seat, genuinely not sure if we'd get the happy ending this time!
Even my wife, who's not predisposed to watch or like fan edits, was so impressed with this one that she asked me if the editor actually did this professionally for a living! As far as I know, he doesn't, but that's how good this was.
My one complaint (if it can even be called that) is that this edit was so good, it left me clamoring for a full-length version on the same idea. I'd love to see that in the future, but even if that never happens, I'll definitely be watching more BlueYoda edits!
Well, I am a fan of blueyoda's assembly work, because in every piece there are moments of true original genius. This is also true for this one. When the beating of Biff raping Lorraine turns from run 2 to run 3, it was really tense and I found myself entirely caught in the short movie. I had a somwhat hard time getting into it though. Run 1 was quite confusing and it took me some convincing myself and trying hard to adapt to the pace, the sound and the cuts, because it is an experience in its own kind. Well, I guess when it comes to art and to artsy approaches, this can be tolerated or even expected from the artist.
Knowing "Run, Lola, Run" and being very impressed by it, the theme wasn't new to me and Lola does a far better job working as a movie for the masses in its accessability and the narrative structure. This here was a weird time travel dream inspired by it and as such, it was a much more difficult task for me as the audience. I agree to what Adabisi said about being essential for this short to know the original BTTF and this is a part that is not good, because I think a thing should stand on its own, or feature the words that knowing BTTF is necessary to follow the plot (and know, why Marty is in the scenes at all).
However, thank you, blueyoda for taking me again on such an interesting drive through the world of your wide imagination.
As usual I have added one point to narrative and enjoyment, because of FE's policy of being supernice.
Audio/Video Quality: 9
It looks great. I'd guess this was made using the Blu-Ray source as the resultant SD image looks very nice.
Visual Editing: 10
I am in awe of BlueYoda's talent, vision and invention. Truly taking fanediting to a professional level both technically and above all creatively. 10/10 almost isn't good enough for the work here.
Audio Editing: 10
The new music was wonderful, inspired and seemless. Perfection.
So, so cleverly put together giving the viewer a totally fresh perspective on the source.
Loved it from the first frame to the last. I'd almost knock a point off because I was bummed out by the end of the edit by how amateurish my editing skills are by comparison to BlueYoda's LOL