When I was a kid, movies ran a standard length of 90 minutes. Occasionally you'd get the 2-hour flick which was considered really long. But as a child, I loved them. I wondered why movies couldn't be 3 or 4 hours in length. My reasoning being, if you're paying for a ticket, might as well get your money's worth. Plus, I was nine. What else did I have going on?
Ahh...the days of youth. As a now grouchy soon-to-be 37-year-old, I am SICK of movies that run close to 3 hours. I have a LIFE that needs attending to, Hollywood people. Please, please, please, dial back the special effects and nonsensical crap and just give me a decent 120-minute or under flick.
What's caused this angst is that we spent the day today seeing SpiderMan III. I say the day because it's a 2 1/2 hour movie, plus 45-minute drive time each way, which pretty much eats up the afternoon. Could the movie have been shortened? Easily. I know I'm no Hollywood scriptwriter or expert, but I really think some mega-producers would get their money's worth by paying me my hourly rate of $90 for a day to preview a film and show them what to cut and what dialogue just has GOT to go.
A side rant: Sequels. EVERY preview we saw today was for a sequel:
- The Bourne Ultimatum (#3)
- Pirates of the Caribbean (#3)
- The Fantastic Four (#2)
- Harry Potter (#127 or whatever it is they're on now...)
- Transformers. (Okay, that's brand new but I've got to tell you...it looked exactly like the 3 other action flicks previewed and therefore still receives the dreaded "Dena Ding" for unoriginality)
Anyone besides me ready for something new and unique to hit the big screens?