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!
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.
I enjoyed WW84 considerably more than the average moviegoer apparently did. To me it felt a lot like a throwback to those boldly random Silver Age stories from DC, and the closest thing to the Donnerverse that the DCEU has given us so far (I guess that if your idea of a DC movie is the grim downer Snyder style, you'll of course hate this one). There was, however, considerable room for improvement. The script did reek of first draft, the editing reeked of assembly cut, the nonsensical plot holes were there, all true. And all, all that was fixable at least (Asteria's armor is only there to sell t̶o̶y̶s̶ adult collectible limited edition action figures, for starters), is fixed here, and then some. The 80s songs, all awesomely picked, are just the icing on the cake. And I particularly appreciate a certain easter egg that fans of the original incarnation of Maxwell Lord (before DC ruined the character forever) will find to be a wish come true without resorting to the Dreamstone.
I suppose that if you absolutely hated this movie unedited, you'll only hate it a bit less in this form. But if you liked it at least a bit, this will probably become your default version, as it has become mine.
Overall, creatively and technically this edit is indeed excellent. There's nothing bogus about it. Watch this edit, party on, and be excellent to each other!