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Are Blockbuster movies too long?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by John B. Foster, Apr 1, 2019.

  1. John B. Foster

    John B. Foster Well-Known Member

    Do you feel like "blockbuster" movies are too long these days? Just seems like movies are getting longer and longer, and it's been trending in that direction for quite a while now?
  2. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    I can relate. Rewinding before you return them takes an eternity on the really long ones.
    justgladtobehere likes this.
  3. Twirling Time

    Twirling Time Well-Known Member

    Outing alert: Big Ragu lives in Bend. Oregon!
  4. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    It really depends on the movie. Avengers: Endgame is going to be over three hours and I have no complaints about that at all. They are going to be packing a lot into that movie, so it makes sense. If it is done well, I doubt the long run time will be an issue.

    Claiming that all movies or books or anything has to be under a set length is a mistake. That said, if a movie is over two hours, it better have a good reason. If it is over three hours, it better be a damn good reason.
    John B. Foster likes this.
  5. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    No, but I feel like every so-called blockbuster movie is one of these Avenger series movies. I love movies and I love reading. What I never liked reading was masked crusader comic books, so I have no interest in the movies. But they are everywhere. I watched "Black Panther" bc it was supposedly some departure of sorts for these types of movies; it wasn't. It was just as formulaic, except the characters were black. I bagged it half way through. I'm just thankful my daughter dislikes these films -- and all the Star Wars crap, too -- as much as I do.
  6. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

    The Hateful Eight is still going as we speak.
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  7. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    It isn't so much about length, but about pace. The Avengers and Star Wars always have a lot of threads they need to touch on - and I'd rather see one 3 hour movie than sit through frour or five two hour movies to see what Capt. America, Hulk et al are up to. I was pleasantly surprised by the low-stakes and rather quick Spiderman Homecoming and AntMan.
  8. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    Masked crusader comic books? Seriously?

    If you go into things with preconceived notions, it is quite difficult to see them for what they truly are.

    I'm just going to move along to focus my discussion on people who understand fun. :D
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2019
  9. swingline

    swingline Well-Known Member

    Fucking "Gone With The Wind" ...
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  10. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    Meh, life is too short to live without at least a few prejudices. And so I look at the crowd who enjoys such things -- in addition to cosplay, comic cons or any of that arrested development jazz -- and feel comfortable in saying that my time is better spent elsewhere.

    It's like WWE, reality TV, NASCAR and many other things -- I know people like them a lot (including friends of mine), but for the life of me I will never understand why.
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  11. Regan MacNeil

    Regan MacNeil Well-Known Member

    I’m sure his new one will be 2.5-3 hours.
  12. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    Watching Gangs of New York, there were three or four times it looked like the movie was about to end, just to keep moving along. It was 2:48.
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