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Offline Famine

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Movie Running Times: Your thoughts?
« on: July 10, 2006, 11:53 PM »
With movies like King Kong, Superman Returns, and Pirates of the Caribbian 2 out latley, it seems like more and more people are complaining about the running time of new pictures.

With the price of movie tickets quite high ($9.75 here), I myself find it much better to pay that price and get two and a half hours of entertainment, rather than have a short movie, at such a price.

What are your thoughs on the running times of these big new blockbuster films?

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Re: Movie Running Times: Your thoughts?
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2006, 09:28 AM »
As long as it doesn't feel like I am waiting for the movie to end, the length doesn't bother me.  I actually hate when a movie seems to end too soon in order to fit into a "time frame" for ticket sales.  RotS is an excellent example of this.

I think that both King Kong and PotC could have been edited to be a bit shorter.  Supes flew by for me.

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Re: Movie Running Times: Your thoughts?
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2006, 11:33 PM »
Running should dictate the time it takes to tell the story, whether it's 90 min. or 4 hours. There's lots of movies 90 min. movies that should have been longer, as well as 3 hour movies that should have been 90 min.
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Re: Movie Running Times: Your thoughts?
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2006, 11:49 PM »
Agreed.  It's the right length when it feels like the right length.

X3 could have used an extra half-hour.
Superman Returns could have trimmed a half-hour.
Priates DMC was just right.

You just know it when you see it.  The LOTR trilogy was super-long, but I think even the extended DVDs are perfect because they tell the story well.
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