GuardianGhido wrote:Couple of wide shots, give Millie Bobby Brown and Charles Dance bigger roles with more lines, leave a little breathing room for those who can't keep up with the plot.
But more importantly remove the whole Oxygen Destroyer thing and make it so that King Ghidorah defeats Godzilla on his own and this time (supposedly) finishes the job before leaving, draining/electocuting/choking Godzilla to the point where he goes into shock and his heart stops before Mothra comes over to restart it. This not only removes all the stupidity revolving around the OD but makes it clear that Godzilla is no match for King Ghidorah without any help, establishing Ghiddy as the terrifying threat he's supposed to be.
That would help the pacing a lot, and give the monsters more power in the plot. It's weird when several people come to the same conclusion, because I and a few other users said basically the same thing.
On the previous page, I mentioned that it would've probably helped if Ghidorah's call had awakened Rodan, along with the other titans. Then, Rodan rebels against Ghidorah, only to be taken out. This gives Rodan more personality, better establishes the dominance battle (although I dislike the "alpha titan" concept), and gives less control to people like Emma Russell.
I got the sense in this movie that, despite the personalities and strength of the monsters, they don't really get to have as much effectiveness on the plot itself. They don't have much of a dynamic. Human drama sets up monster action too many times in this movie, and not the other way around. In Godzilla 2014 (1999 mining operation aside), and Godzilla movies of old, the monsters set the action themselves. For example, "Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster." Humanity reacts, giving the monsters a scarier sense of control, and sets them up as forces of nature. The film's approach isn't terrible, but I feel it could've been written stronger.
Pkmatrix wrote:But...that's not a different edit, that's rewriting the film?
Because it has some issues that ultimately go back to writing. The pacing of this film depended upon the writing. Too much is included. It's hard to fix it without making any changes to the plot.
Now, ignoring my comment above, my more minor edits would be slowing down the monsters by 0.75x in some shots, editing the sound effects (the classic Godzilla roar felt out of place, and the Mothra chirp in the blasts from Godzilla at the end), just cutting Vivienne Graham out altogether (that's probably the only way to fix her death), cutting the jokes (plus that fortune cookie line). Add some extended scenes (whatever they are). Charles Dance and Millie Bobby Brown don't have enough to do in the movie, so if there's deleted scenes with them, add it.