Keo's done an admirable job trying to morph this film into something it was never meant or going to be, but as another reviewer mentions, when you take off all the spit and duct tape holding the narrative together, there's really not a lot left to propel it along other than the, admittedly gorgeous, visuals. It's still a fun ride despite, but trimming this much 'fat' leaves the whole thing feeling a bit anemic.
On a technical level the cuts made are mostly fine, though many are made 'off the beat' which throws a lot of scenes off their rhythm and the music cues into disarray; tone at the expense of feel. Also the audio quality is strangely low-bitrate, much of the higher-end frequencies are crushed entirely and there is a lot of crackling/clipping in louder parts. This is from the "2022 quality update v1.03". The sound design and music are such a huge part of this experience and it was a shame to have that noticeably degraded.
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Owner's replyJanuary 22, 2023
Thank you for the review! I'll take a look at the technicals, and I am glad you still found a fun ride in spite of it being a bit thin now!!
I'm happy there's a fanedit of Legacy and I was really happy to see all the stuff it came with on the tin but all the changes made removed most of the spit and duct tape the movie was held together with. I really wanted to like this edit more but there's just alot that really doesn't work for me. Alot of people didn't like the oneliners and comedy in this film which I don't have a problem with but taking out all those lines rips out any little bit of character anyone in the movie has. It also leads to problems like the movie feeling like it's rushing to get to the next big thing and doesn't let characters just sit for a minute
Almost the entire section in the real world is ripped out which means we lose out on most of Sam's character. We don't get any sense that he and Flynn had any real relationship at all by the end I wasn't even sure if he like his dad. No emotion, just dips when he gets his chance. It seems like Flynn wants to have a relationship with his son but so much of their scenes together and their scenes alone are cut you really don't get much of an attachment. Other smaller moments of lines being cut short or removed. There were some good times when it positively helped the movie, times when there wasn't any real effect, and often the removal negatively detracted from what was happening on screen
All in all, it's a meh from me. I feel like the editor was trying too hard to make something new when they didn't have enough material to do it. Does some cool things, does a whole lot more that really screwed with my experience