Wonder Woman: The Excellent Adventure Edit

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2020
Original Running Time:
151 minutes
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109 minutes
Time Cut:
42 minutes
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Synopsis:
Diana kept fighting after the events of her first movie in smaller, more hidden humanitarian ways, even though she gave up hope in mankind as a whole. We do not find her in the 80s anti-social and still brooding about Steve this whole time. Instead she is a confident hidden hero, who happens upon a chance that brings him back, and she realizes AGAIN how much she lost. This movie becomes the reason she still thinks about him in the present day JL movies. She was over him in that she knew he was gone the first time, only to have him come back for a while and let him go again. She essentially gets PTSD from this experience, instead of just being lovesick for the full 100 years. (Also, Steve is not inhabiting anyone else’s body in this edit.)

WW84 also should have dialed up the 80's soundtrack. Bill and Teds was shot in '87 and released in '89, so I already knew I couldn't lock myself into ‘84 if I wanted to mix the soundtracks. Bill and ted's gave me tons of source material to work with, but I needed more, so since Bill and Ted wanted to work with Van Halen, Van Halen leads the additional songs needed. There is also Judas Priest, Pat Benatar, The Expressions, Killing Joke, Vangelis, Oingo Boingo, Def Leppard, Scorpions, Harold Faltermayer and Kenny Loggins.
Intention:
Main Narrative Changes:
• Dialing up the campiness of the score while dialing down the campiness of the script to find the fun movie in between.
• Show, don't tell philosophy in effect.
• Remove bad CGI Shots.
• Fix some of the main plot holes.
• Steve doesn't inhabit anyone's body
• Diana doesn't steal a plane and make it invisible, she already has one and reveals it to Steve, avoiding the fuel issue.
• Barbra doesn't ask for the second wish to be an apex predator, her change is a side effect of Max's megalomania.
• Only Max needs to renounce his wish for the world to be fixed.
• Max gets punishment.
• More 80s Music
Other Sources:
OST to Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
Judas Priest
Pat Benatar
The Expressions
Killing Joke
Vangelis
Oingo Boingo
Def Leppard
Scorpions
Harold Faltermayer
Kenny Loggins
Special Thanks:
A HUGE THANK YOU to @DwightFry for amazing color correction, giving valuable feedback after reviewing the workprint, and general support of this edit that cranked up my motivation!
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
I've been trying hundreds of songs and many from the 80's are lyrically on the nose but not the right tempo, and picking music like this is admittedly out of my range to be great, but I think the resulting movie is fun!

I have also been re-foleying most of the major rescored scenes, because OF COURSE the center channel is nowhere near clean. Sometime dialogue still has residual traces of the original score, but most of the time I am able to mask those with the heavier soundtrack. I recommend subtitles on this one!
Cuts and Additions:
Main Changes:
• Themiscyra scene is cut.
Originally I had trimmed the scene to be less preachy and simply more about the value of truth, but inevitably I could not justify the scene at all. The scene goes against set canon from the first movie about Diana being older when her mother finds out she is training.

• New “Material Girl” music added to Max’s commercial intro. The track was heavily mixed to add an electric guitar overlay to add a slightly more “metal edge” to the sound. Most sound effects during the scene needed to be re-foleyed.

• First look at runner’s face removed.

• Website address removed from inside the Commander Salamander store FX

• New score added to the Mall Heist scene – “Breakaway” by Big Pig, from the Bill and Ted soundtrack.

• Woman initially questioning the thief who drops the gun removed.

• Thieves do not try to talk their co-thief out of using the girl as a hostage.

• Diana does not talk during the Mall heist, doesn’t toss a thief through a drum or doesn’t interact with any chatty kids.

• Removed visual shots of mall reporter and reduced his dialogue.

• New photo inserted - Capturing Hitler to end the war (possibly avoiding dropping bombs on Japan, but not fully clarified.) Rescuing people from a large train crash. Rescuing people from a large plane crash. I tried to capture recognizable moments in history that might work, but avoided most civil rights stuff I tried out of respect to those who were actually hurt.

• Barbara intro is trimmed – no running to work intro scene, she doesn’t ask for Jake’s help, doesn’t ask Diana out to lunch, hasn’t just started working at the museum.

• The FBI has simply given the artifacts to the Smithsonian to deal with, they do not need help identifying a single item.

• Carol is less rude to Barbara.

• Scoring from Bill and Teds added to Barbara and Diana’s interactions.

• Removed Barbara recording herself discussing item 23 and 24.

• Diana and Barbara exposition trimmed for “show don’t tell” philosophy.

• Scoring from Bill and Ted’s added to restart of Steve’s watch

• Diana and Barbara’s dinner discussion re-edited to minimize the bad writing.

• Scoring from Bill and Teds added to Barbara’s walk through the park.

• Diana telling Barbara to go home removed.

• Instrumental version of Fever by Judas Priest used for Barbara’s return to the office and use of the stone.

• Instrumental intro of Weird Science from Oingo Boingo used for realization of Barbara’s transformation before meeting Max Lord for the first time.

• Max Lord initial “sinister” look removed, leaving his “sinister look” after seeing the stone as his first “dark reveal.”

• Removed discussion between Max and Diana about not having a TV.

• Removed Diana comparing stone invoice order to business card.

• New soundtrack for Barbara’s dress reveal, changed to instrumental version of Why Don't Pretty Girls (Look At Me) by the Wild Men Of Wonga.

• New soundtrack for the museum gala, changed to Present Communication by The Expressions

• Barbara and Max in her office trimmed.

• New soundtrack for the Steve reveal, changed to Why Can’t This Be Love by Van Halen
FYI Steve does not inhabit another person’s body. All discussions trimmed to remove that part, and all blatant references to the other guy’s apartment removed.

• New Soundtrack for Max wishing to become the Dreamstone, changed to a metal cover of Chariots of Fire by Vangelis

• New Soundtrack for Barbara strength reveal, changed to Eighties by the Killing Joke

• Diana and Steve in bed trimmed to feel like its her bedroom, and Steve wardrobe scene has been cut.

• Max asking the FBI agents about the charges removed.

• New soundtrack for Steve exploring the world, changed to Father time by Shark Island, from the Bill and Ted soundtrack

• Removed trash can art discussion

• New soundtrack for Steve at the Air and Space museum, change to the Top Gun Anthem by Kenny Loggins.

• Barbara leading group discussion at work trimmed to remove the glasses part.

• Removed Barbara leaving to go do something after Steve and Diana leave her office.

• Slightly trimmed Diana struggling with the lock.

• Diana doesn’t read the Latin inscription again.

• Diana’s exposition in Max’s office trimmed.

• Diana and Steve do not discuss the problem with commercial flight and passports, and about wanting to fly one.

• New soundtrack for Diana and Steve’s Archive arrival, changed to The Boys and The Girls Are Doin’ It by Vital Signs, from the Bill and Ted soundtrack

• Diana already has an invisible jet, which she stores at the archive and surprises Steve with. (In my opinion, just as plausible as the theatrical explanation lol)

• FX during Diana and Steve’s discussion about flight in the jet to remove colored flashes from fireworks.

• Barbara’s beating of the harasser trimmed slightly

• Emir Said Bin Abydos still has his oil holdings, and Max takes it.

• Removed Steve telling Diana “You keep saying that” in the car ride with Diana in Egypt

• New soundtrack for Egypt battle scene, re-foley needed throughout. Changed to Invincible by Pat Benatar with electric guitar lead mixed in from a metal cover.

• Battle heavily edited. Diana does not flip a truck and land on Max’s vehicle, and she does not save the children. Diana begins the battle, fast running sequence removed, but after she is injured in the arm, she is trapped under a truck while soldiers shoot the tires out. Steve is forced to take over the vehicle Diana is hiding from to allow her to escape, letting the rest of the caravan escape.

• Mention of roman emperor removed from info Barbara gives to Diana, some info about how Barbara obtained the flyer removed.

• New intro music for Barbara reveal heading to Capital Records, change to Rock You Like A Hurricane by the Scorpions

• Baba Jide character edited to be less silly

• During the scene with the book, all mentions that EVERYONE needs to return the wishes is removed, focusing only on Max. All mentions about a Monkey Paw from here on are removed. Scene tightened.

• Scene in Max’s office trimmed to remove any references to gaining TV time from the televangelist are removed.

• Max and Alistair discussion trimmed slightly.

• Old people discussing the pandemonium and his cows removed.

• Diana and Steve discussion in her apartment trimmed to remove reference to body possession

• Asteria flashback trimmed to remove discussion about the strength of the armor, and FX added to return Asteria’s eyes to blue.

• Max’s discussion with the President about the satellite system is trimmed for pacing and to remove silliness

• Max and Diana confrontation trimmed to remove Steve going for the sword and the exposition about saving lives. Security guard trimmed to only dodge the lasso once before firing on Diana.

• Barbara and Diana fight trimmed slightly, Steve does not use the “new move he just learned” on Max. Max’s “Do you want to be a real boy” line removed, Barbara and Diana discussion about “what was lost” tightened

• Diana leaving Steve trimmed to remove her silly CGI running shot, and Diana learning to fly is cut.

• Max and Barbara’s helicopter ride discussion ends after Max talks about his plan for becoming invincible, and Barbara does not ask more anything.

• Initial scene of Alistair scared in Max’s office are moved up to Max’s initial broadcasting message.

• New soundtrack to Diana and Cheetah fight scene, changed to Breaking the Law by Judas Priest. Re-foley required throughout scene. Fight trimmed to minimize the worst CGI. Barbara does not talk in Cheetah form. Large cat growls added for fight vocals, and screeching cat sounds used when she is hurt or being electrocuted. No discussion about renouncing wishes.

• Final confrontation with Max highly edited to remove her attempts to lasso him, instead only resorting to convincing him to renounce his wish. Nuclear government shots moved nearer to the end of the scene, and edited to seem like only America launched, so only the missiles created by wished were destroyed. Shots of Alistair on the freeway are removed. I could not remove “a Beautiful Lie” from the movie as it was so embedded into all the audio channels, but I was able to add a metal cover intro of the song as a lead in to Diana’s monologue before to make it all appropriate for the movie as a whole.

• New soundtrack for the “wishes reversing” section of the scene, changed to a solo electric guitar riff.

• Helicopter transportation of Max removed, we find him just searching somewhere.

• Epilogue for Max in text added to final shot of him hugging Alistair

• Diana dining alone moved to the end, with her seeing the jet as motivation for the next scene, Diana learning to fly. New soundtrack for learning to fly sequence, change to Have You Ever Needed Someone so bad by Def Leppard, and re-foleyed.

• Asteria sequence moved up before credits, trimmed slightly to remove the “my culture” reference. New soundtrack added, changed to Two Heads are better Than One by Power Tool from the Bill and Ted soundtrack. Added "To Be Continued" for that 80's style nod over "mid-credit scene
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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Genre:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2020
Original Running Time:
151 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
109 minutes
Time Cut:
42 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
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Synopsis:
Diana kept fighting after the events of her first movie in smaller, more hidden humanitarian ways, even though she gave up hope in mankind as a whole. We do not find her in the 80s anti-social and still brooding about Steve this whole time. Instead she is a confident hidden hero, who happens upon a chance that brings him back, and she realizes AGAIN how much she lost. This movie becomes the reason she still thinks about him in the present day JL movies. She was over him in that she knew he was gone the first time, only to have him come back for a while and let him go again. She essentially gets PTSD from this experience, instead of just being lovesick for the full 100 years. (Also, Steve is not inhabiting anyone else’s body in this edit.)

WW84 also should have dialed up the 80's soundtrack. Bill and Teds was shot in '87 and released in '89, so I already knew I couldn't lock myself into ‘84 if I wanted to mix the soundtracks. Bill and ted's gave me tons of source material to work with, but I needed more, so since Bill and Ted wanted to work with Van Halen, Van Halen leads the additional songs needed. There is also Judas Priest, Pat Benatar, The Expressions, Killing Joke, Vangelis, Oingo Boingo, Def Leppard, Scorpions, Harold Faltermayer and Kenny Loggins.
Intention:
Main Narrative Changes:
• Dialing up the campiness of the score while dialing down the campiness of the script to find the fun movie in between.
• Show, don't tell philosophy in effect.
• Remove bad CGI Shots.
• Fix some of the main plot holes.
• Steve doesn't inhabit anyone's body
• Diana doesn't steal a plane and make it invisible, she already has one and reveals it to Steve, avoiding the fuel issue.
• Barbra doesn't ask for the second wish to be an apex predator, her change is a side effect of Max's megalomania.
• Only Max needs to renounce his wish for the world to be fixed.
• Max gets punishment.
• More 80s Music
Other Sources:
OST to Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
Judas Priest
Pat Benatar
The Expressions
Killing Joke
Vangelis
Oingo Boingo
Def Leppard
Scorpions
Harold Faltermayer
Kenny Loggins
Special Thanks:
A HUGE THANK YOU to @DwightFry for amazing color correction, giving valuable feedback after reviewing the workprint, and general support of this edit that cranked up my motivation!
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
I've been trying hundreds of songs and many from the 80's are lyrically on the nose but not the right tempo, and picking music like this is admittedly out of my range to be great, but I think the resulting movie is fun!

I have also been re-foleying most of the major rescored scenes, because OF COURSE the center channel is nowhere near clean. Sometime dialogue still has residual traces of the original score, but most of the time I am able to mask those with the heavier soundtrack. I recommend subtitles on this one!
Cuts and Additions:
Main Changes:
• Themiscyra scene is cut.
Originally I had trimmed the scene to be less preachy and simply more about the value of truth, but inevitably I could not justify the scene at all. The scene goes against set canon from the first movie about Diana being older when her mother finds out she is training.

• New “Material Girl” music added to Max’s commercial intro. The track was heavily mixed to add an electric guitar overlay to add a slightly more “metal edge” to the sound. Most sound effects during the scene needed to be re-foleyed.

• First look at runner’s face removed.

• Website address removed from inside the Commander Salamander store FX

• New score added to the Mall Heist scene – “Breakaway” by Big Pig, from the Bill and Ted soundtrack.

• Woman initially questioning the thief who drops the gun removed.

• Thieves do not try to talk their co-thief out of using the girl as a hostage.

• Diana does not talk during the Mall heist, doesn’t toss a thief through a drum or doesn’t interact with any chatty kids.

• Removed visual shots of mall reporter and reduced his dialogue.

• New photo inserted - Capturing Hitler to end the war (possibly avoiding dropping bombs on Japan, but not fully clarified.) Rescuing people from a large train crash. Rescuing people from a large plane crash. I tried to capture recognizable moments in history that might work, but avoided most civil rights stuff I tried out of respect to those who were actually hurt.

• Barbara intro is trimmed – no running to work intro scene, she doesn’t ask for Jake’s help, doesn’t ask Diana out to lunch, hasn’t just started working at the museum.

• The FBI has simply given the artifacts to the Smithsonian to deal with, they do not need help identifying a single item.

• Carol is less rude to Barbara.

• Scoring from Bill and Teds added to Barbara and Diana’s interactions.

• Removed Barbara recording herself discussing item 23 and 24.

• Diana and Barbara exposition trimmed for “show don’t tell” philosophy.

• Scoring from Bill and Ted’s added to restart of Steve’s watch

• Diana and Barbara’s dinner discussion re-edited to minimize the bad writing.

• Scoring from Bill and Teds added to Barbara’s walk through the park.

• Diana telling Barbara to go home removed.

• Instrumental version of Fever by Judas Priest used for Barbara’s return to the office and use of the stone.

• Instrumental intro of Weird Science from Oingo Boingo used for realization of Barbara’s transformation before meeting Max Lord for the first time.

• Max Lord initial “sinister” look removed, leaving his “sinister look” after seeing the stone as his first “dark reveal.”

• Removed discussion between Max and Diana about not having a TV.

• Removed Diana comparing stone invoice order to business card.

• New soundtrack for Barbara’s dress reveal, changed to instrumental version of Why Don't Pretty Girls (Look At Me) by the Wild Men Of Wonga.

• New soundtrack for the museum gala, changed to Present Communication by The Expressions

• Barbara and Max in her office trimmed.

• New soundtrack for the Steve reveal, changed to Why Can’t This Be Love by Van Halen
FYI Steve does not inhabit another person’s body. All discussions trimmed to remove that part, and all blatant references to the other guy’s apartment removed.

• New Soundtrack for Max wishing to become the Dreamstone, changed to a metal cover of Chariots of Fire by Vangelis

• New Soundtrack for Barbara strength reveal, changed to Eighties by the Killing Joke

• Diana and Steve in bed trimmed to feel like its her bedroom, and Steve wardrobe scene has been cut.

• Max asking the FBI agents about the charges removed.

• New soundtrack for Steve exploring the world, changed to Father time by Shark Island, from the Bill and Ted soundtrack

• Removed trash can art discussion

• New soundtrack for Steve at the Air and Space museum, change to the Top Gun Anthem by Kenny Loggins.

• Barbara leading group discussion at work trimmed to remove the glasses part.

• Removed Barbara leaving to go do something after Steve and Diana leave her office.

• Slightly trimmed Diana struggling with the lock.

• Diana doesn’t read the Latin inscription again.

• Diana’s exposition in Max’s office trimmed.

• Diana and Steve do not discuss the problem with commercial flight and passports, and about wanting to fly one.

• New soundtrack for Diana and Steve’s Archive arrival, changed to The Boys and The Girls Are Doin’ It by Vital Signs, from the Bill and Ted soundtrack

• Diana already has an invisible jet, which she stores at the archive and surprises Steve with. (In my opinion, just as plausible as the theatrical explanation lol)

• FX during Diana and Steve’s discussion about flight in the jet to remove colored flashes from fireworks.

• Barbara’s beating of the harasser trimmed slightly

• Emir Said Bin Abydos still has his oil holdings, and Max takes it.

• Removed Steve telling Diana “You keep saying that” in the car ride with Diana in Egypt

• New soundtrack for Egypt battle scene, re-foley needed throughout. Changed to Invincible by Pat Benatar with electric guitar lead mixed in from a metal cover.

• Battle heavily edited. Diana does not flip a truck and land on Max’s vehicle, and she does not save the children. Diana begins the battle, fast running sequence removed, but after she is injured in the arm, she is trapped under a truck while soldiers shoot the tires out. Steve is forced to take over the vehicle Diana is hiding from to allow her to escape, letting the rest of the caravan escape.

• Mention of roman emperor removed from info Barbara gives to Diana, some info about how Barbara obtained the flyer removed.

• New intro music for Barbara reveal heading to Capital Records, change to Rock You Like A Hurricane by the Scorpions

• Baba Jide character edited to be less silly

• During the scene with the book, all mentions that EVERYONE needs to return the wishes is removed, focusing only on Max. All mentions about a Monkey Paw from here on are removed. Scene tightened.

• Scene in Max’s office trimmed to remove any references to gaining TV time from the televangelist are removed.

• Max and Alistair discussion trimmed slightly.

• Old people discussing the pandemonium and his cows removed.

• Diana and Steve discussion in her apartment trimmed to remove reference to body possession

• Asteria flashback trimmed to remove discussion about the strength of the armor, and FX added to return Asteria’s eyes to blue.

• Max’s discussion with the President about the satellite system is trimmed for pacing and to remove silliness

• Max and Diana confrontation trimmed to remove Steve going for the sword and the exposition about saving lives. Security guard trimmed to only dodge the lasso once before firing on Diana.

• Barbara and Diana fight trimmed slightly, Steve does not use the “new move he just learned” on Max. Max’s “Do you want to be a real boy” line removed, Barbara and Diana discussion about “what was lost” tightened

• Diana leaving Steve trimmed to remove her silly CGI running shot, and Diana learning to fly is cut.

• Max and Barbara’s helicopter ride discussion ends after Max talks about his plan for becoming invincible, and Barbara does not ask more anything.

• Initial scene of Alistair scared in Max’s office are moved up to Max’s initial broadcasting message.

• New soundtrack to Diana and Cheetah fight scene, changed to Breaking the Law by Judas Priest. Re-foley required throughout scene. Fight trimmed to minimize the worst CGI. Barbara does not talk in Cheetah form. Large cat growls added for fight vocals, and screeching cat sounds used when she is hurt or being electrocuted. No discussion about renouncing wishes.

• Final confrontation with Max highly edited to remove her attempts to lasso him, instead only resorting to convincing him to renounce his wish. Nuclear government shots moved nearer to the end of the scene, and edited to seem like only America launched, so only the missiles created by wished were destroyed. Shots of Alistair on the freeway are removed. I could not remove “a Beautiful Lie” from the movie as it was so embedded into all the audio channels, but I was able to add a metal cover intro of the song as a lead in to Diana’s monologue before to make it all appropriate for the movie as a whole.

• New soundtrack for the “wishes reversing” section of the scene, changed to a solo electric guitar riff.

• Helicopter transportation of Max removed, we find him just searching somewhere.

• Epilogue for Max in text added to final shot of him hugging Alistair

• Diana dining alone moved to the end, with her seeing the jet as motivation for the next scene, Diana learning to fly. New soundtrack for learning to fly sequence, change to Have You Ever Needed Someone so bad by Def Leppard, and re-foleyed.

• Asteria sequence moved up before credits, trimmed slightly to remove the “my culture” reference. New soundtrack added, changed to Two Heads are better Than One by Power Tool from the Bill and Ted soundtrack. Added "To Be Continued" for that 80's style nod over "mid-credit scene
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8.0
Enjoyment
 
8.0
After the first WW movie, this sequel was disappointing. Weak story, so much fluff, unconvincing SFX, not utilizing the opportunity of having fun with 1980's music (though I hadn't realized that last one until I saw Wakeupkeo's edit).

This edit convincingly improves on the original. The story is tighter, the runtime feels appropriate, the added music is truly Excellent.

Audio and video editing is smooth. The sound replacement is truly next level (for us faneditors who are limited to working with post-mix audio). For those interested in the technical effort involved with all the sound replacement, check out the Unscored Workprint in its separate forum thread.

Narrative and enjoyment still suffer from the poor original, It's much improved, but won't get re-watched often.

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Wow! That was a lot of FUN!!!!

I am in the minority camp that actually enjoyed WW84. It was a flawed flick, but still found it enjoyable and it spoke to my sense of super-heroics. But with that said, I do agree that for an adventure set in the 80's, it was seriously lacking in the classic tunes department. (I had the same issue with Captain Marvel)

But that shortcoming has been fantastically corrected in this fan edit! And again, WOW! The time, energy, skill and patience that went into weaving this new pop rock soundtrack into the already existing movie tapestry boggles my mind! Bravo!!! Standing ovation!!!

Overall, the movie looks great. The cut work and restructured scenes, creating a slightly different, deeper narrative, are all very well done.

A most excellent good time was had, indeed!

Thumbs Up! :)
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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!
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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..

Edit:
I've updated the enjoyment rating on this. For me "enjoyment" comes from improving the original:

Below is how I view enjoyment:

Did this edit improve the original source(s)?
Not at all or made worse = 1
Some minor improvement = 4
Moderate improvement mostly by removing (not changing/adding) content = 6
Creative additions or changes with much improvement = 8
Transformative creativity with vast improvement = 10

Based on the above, I score the enjoyment at an 8.

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This is an utterly fantastic concept for a fan-edit and I applaud wakeupkeo for it! WW84 was sorely lacking in period appeal and this remedies that to a large extent. In terms of story, pacing, visuals and tone, this edit is a knockout and lets the Silver-Age silliness of the plot sit next to the Bronze-Age cold war setting in spectacular fashion. And considering how much was cut out, the fact that I didn't notice a single missing element (besides the completely unneccessary Themyscira flashback) tells you something about how bloated the original picture was.

However, I have some quibbles and/or suggestions: it seems at times like the song placements are a bit arbitrary, not leading into-and-out-of scenes, but instead dropped into sequences with one song after another, rather than letting the music dictate the shape and pacing of the scene (the back-to-back songs in the mall sequence) or with (the excellent) Killing Joke track playing over a couple of separate, unrelated scenes.

Also, while I wholeheartedly applaud the choice to excise the creepy body-snatching aspect of Steve Trevor's return, my girlfriend and I both bolted upright in shock when he returned, despite having seen the original film. In a way that's a good thing (hey, re-surprises are rare!) but the pacing of the scene didn't prepare us for that reveal in any way, so a bit more smoothing into Trevor's appearance might be desired.

Lastly, it felt as if there were a few long stretches without any 80s music, and when the hook of the edit is cheeseball rock, I want to have my cheeseball socks rocked off. Not a criticism per se, but just that I wanted more of my favourite aspect of the edit.

(Speaking of cheesy, I loved the title card explaining Max's fate, although it stuck out a bit that he was the only character who got one... maybe a second pass where each character gets one? Including over the Lynda Carter sequence? Just a thought.)

In all, this edit is very highly recommended, it's well worth a watch and elevates WW84 from "unwatchable" to "ridiculously great fun" -- and in my estimation it's just a couple of tweaks away from being of the most sublime fan edits out there.

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Wow! This is an incredible save of a truly awful original movie. The soundtrack is top notch, the story is so much clearer, and best of all it's now under two hours! I like so many things about this and I'm honestly mad that most people won't get to experience this version of the movie. Emphasizing that this is a story about Diana, Max, and Barbra, three people who just want love and respect but go about it very different ways, is so good, and gives the movie so much more weight. I was making so many more thematic connections while watching and it was quite affecting. I can't even remember what was in the 42 minutes you cut out because it all flowed so well.

Steve's introduction is the one bit that most feels like an edit but that's from cutting the truly heinous plotline of him possessing another body so no stars off for that. I wish (ha) Kristen Wiig had a more fulfilling story arc especially because I like her dynamic with Diana in the beginning so much, but again that's the fault of the original. And I don't know even if you even need the title card for Max at the end, the sirens in the background plus the visual of him reuniting with his kid pretty much shows exactly what you're telling in the text.

Awesome work!!

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The original cut of this film had some obvious glaring errors, but this edit transformed it for the better! The implementation of the Bill and Ted OST added a much more radical flavor to the 80s, and the usage of Pat Benatar's Invincible was PERFECT. If there was any song that screamed Wonder Woman, it was that song hands down!

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Accomplishing the impossible here, WakeupKeo has streamlined one of the most mixed up of DC's troubled filmography, injecting it with new energy and paring away a lot of what was holding it back. I have yet to encounter an editor as capable of integrating new pop music into a film, blended with the sound FX and dialogue and timing of the editing to the point like it seemed as though it was always there, but this is one of WakeupKeo's many skills. Deliberately immersing this in a twisting waterslide of Bill & Ted music to give new flavour to a period piece strangely coy about using 80s music to its fullest. The 'In Time' moment in Diana's apartment brought genuine tears to my eyes, looking back on the actions of a hidden superhero still trying her best to help humanity rather than only mourning the loss of Steve (It's what Captain Carter would have done!). Dutiful pruning of nonsense, convolution and the weird implications of this newly summoned Steve occupying the body of Some 80s Guy all contribute to a story about preoccupation with what Diana, Minerva and Maxwell WANT. The single, solitary star I've deducted is not down to the editor but the fact that the third act of this movie, with its catfight and wish-renouncement sequences really is impossible to salvage into a denouement worthy of Wonder Woman, but what was achieved is manifestly getting the best out of what footage is there. Thank you for rescuing this one from the delirium of its theatrical cut. Very much looking forward to watching more of these.

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The fan-edit community continues to astound with its creativity and dedication to enhancing our favorite films, and "Wonder Woman 1984: The Excellent Adventure Edit" is a prime example of the ingenuity that fans bring to the table. This edit offers a refreshing and improved viewing experience of the widely discussed and debated "Wonder Woman 1984."

From the moment I started watching this fan-edit, it became evident that Wakeupkeo had a deep understanding of the source material and a clear vision for how to enhance the film's narrative. The most notable improvement lies in the pacing and structure. "The Excellent Adventure Edit" streamlines the story, eliminating unnecessary subplots and tightening the focus on the central characters and their motivations. This approach allows for a more engaging and coherent viewing experience, eliminating the meandering moments that hindered the original release.

Another commendable aspect of this fan-edit is the judicious use of visual and audio enhancements. The editor seamlessly integrates scenes, removes distractions, and improves the overall visual quality, resulting in a more polished and professional presentation. The audio remixing is equally impressive, enhancing the impact of key moments and making the viewing experience more immersive. I personally loved the idea of going crazy with a 80's soundtrack in the film and it upped the enjoyment for me personally.

One of the standout achievements of "The Excellent Adventure Edit" is the way it addresses some of the divisive elements from the original film. The editor has made substantial changes to certain character arcs and storylines, resulting in a more satisfying and logical progression. While these alterations may not please everyone, they undoubtedly offer a fresh perspective and inject new life into the film.

However, it's important to note that this fan-edit is not a complete overhaul of the original film. Some issues, such as certain narrative choices such as Steve coming back or castings likw Kristen Wig as cheetah and visual effects like Cheetah agaim, still persist. While the editor has done an admirable job in improving the overall experience, some flaws are inherent to the source material and cannot be fully remedied.

In conclusion, "Wonder Woman 1984: The Excellent Adventure Edit" is an impressive fan-edit that showcases the creativity and passion of its editor. The streamlined storytelling, visual enhancements, and revised character arcs elevate the viewing experience and offer a fresh take on the original film. Fans of the Wonder Woman franchise, and those who were left wanting more from the theatrical release, will likely find this edit to be a worthwhile and enjoyable alternative.

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I hate writing a review when I didn't really like the film or agree with the editor's intent. It is a competent edit, but I feel like it retains too much of what doesn't work while unfortunately adding a few more things to the mix that also don't work.

Making it so Steve Trevor doesn't inhabit the body of another man is an important and necessary change. However, Steve is now introduced in a way that is very abrupt and quite jarring.

I like that more 80's music was added, but I feel like a editor overdoes it and at times all the extra music starts to feel grating.

Wonder Woman 1984's main problem is that it doesn't know what it wants to be (could be because it was co-written by Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns). On the one hand, it seems to want to be a light-hearted campy homage to the Christopher Reeve Superman films. On the other hand, it wants to be a very serious and preachy feminist critique. It's the latter, in my opinion, that doesn't work. But that seems to be what the editor is intent on retaining. The overall message of the film (about not having the things you want) is also condescending and unsatisfying. Once again, this is all retained.

If this film is to be redeemed at all, I think an edit should go in the opposite direction. Lean into the camp and silliness and make it a fun, lighthearted affair. Maxwell Lord is not sufficiently redeemed by the end of the theatrical cut, so he should be kept as the narcissistic con-man that he is. I really don't think he needs to be made into a sympathetic character, because he's pretty terrible all in all, and I don't think the audience is ready to forgive him by the end. I would cut the child entirely from the film, since his presence is tragic to the point of being comical as it tries desperately to tug at your heartstrings. He's just a poor neglected child that his father barely thinks about. He really brings the film down.

The theme of both Diana and Barbara nearly constantly being sexually harassed doesn't really add anything significant to the film. What is the point being made? When Barbara/Cheetah throws the guy into the truck, I think it should be played for laughs (cut away after she tosses him rather than watch her beat beat the crap out of him).

I could go on and on. Overall, this is a good edit that doesn't quite scratch my itch, but it may work well for some people's tastes. My main point here is that this is an irredeemably silly and stupid story, so the only option, IMO, that a faneditor really has is to embrace the stupidity and let this play out as more of a light-hearted comedy.

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