short quick review....
If you haven't watched WW84 yet, DON'T... watch this edit instead!
If you loved the first WW and hated WW84, watch this edit!
While still not an "awesome" movie, this edit did the best it could to make this movie somewhat actually enjoyable... some great music additions. Loved the Weird Science addition!!! The VH song came out in '86, but since the "84" was dropped from the title.... it works!!!
Some smart cuts to the movie as well... goodbye, creepy body-stealer Steve!
Overall, this is definitely "an-almost awesome" adventure that's worth checking out...
This is a remarkable edit, as it took one of the worst movies I've seen in recent memory and turned it into something quite enjoyable.
Adding the score that, frankly, should've been there in the first place really makes the movie pop. Why set it in the 80's, film it like a campy 80's movie, and then have Hans Zimmer do an overwrought score for it? Never made sense to me. This is the way it should've been to begin with. It did get maybe a tad too "needle dropy" in places, that Suicide Squad effect, but it works well here because it's fun and fits the overall style of the movie.
I didn't miss anything that was cut, and the shorter runtime makes for a breezy, fast paced movie. This movie was originally a total slog to get through, but at under 2 hours, it's now just right. I also didn't miss the opening flashback sequence. Though cool, it didn't tonally fit the movie to begin with, and really doesn't fit with the changes that were made. A solid cut.
My only criticism is that I don't think the editing of Steve Trevor's arrival quite works. I don't know how else it could've been done save for some deep fake trickery, but it's the only cut in the movie that feels like a cut. It just doesn't flow naturally like the rest of the changes do, but again, it's a tricky cut and the payoff for it is worth it.
That minor quibble aside, this is a stellar fanedit. I can't overstate how much this improved the movie for me. I never wanted to see WW84 again, and now it's one of the better DCEU films. Bravo!
Stellar job at adding the new music while still making the dialogue cut through in the mix! Wish it had been in 5.1 with an LFE so I could rock out harder with Judas Priest. Phenomenal job on the movie title graphics as well as the end credits which were redone from scratch. Quite a labor of love there. I was not so enamored (and puzzled) with/by the after credits scene at the very end, but hey it was just for fun. I'm not a fan of the source. Given that, this is a fun edit. A lot more fun than the original movie--the novelty just wore thin for me after nearly an hour as the source material takes itself far far too seriously. At that point I should have turned it into a drinking game where you take a shot every time someone makes a wish.
I didn't like WW84 when I saw it, and watching it again with a critical eye before this edit, I liked it even less. The pacing is a mess, the tone bounces between overwrought and goofy, and just overall the movie is just a missed opportunity.
So I came into this edit expecting better, but not really hoping for anything great. And then the opening scene set to Material Girl started up, and I was hooked. Really, the whole movie benefits immensely from the more bombastic style each song presents.
The editing also in this movie is great. If I hadn't just watched the original I doubt I would have noticed any cuts, and even with my knowledge there were plenty of times that I couldn't even remember what went because of how seamlessly it worked. And between then cuts and the music, this movie actually gave me moments of emotions, and the final moment where Lord removes his wish actually gave me some goosebumps.
All in all, I think Wakeupkeo has delivered the best version of this movie that is possible. I can't wait to make my way through the rest of his DCEU edits.