Length of movies

“No good movie is ever too long.  No bad movie is ever short enough.”  Roger Ebert wrote that.  I am not sure if it was in a movie review or one of his columns/editorials but he wrote it.  I think he amended it after seeing Love Actually.

I’ve been thinking of length of movies recently.  I was worried that the Hobbit was too long (and maybe it was a bit too long).  Maybe the dinner party scene as nice as it was a bit too long.  Maybe if the movie were trimmed by ten minutes, it might seem better.

I’ve noticed that some of the negative reviews of This is Forty commented on its length.  There were comments on the length of the movie as a whole and  some individual scenes dragging on (and on).  Richard Roeper even said that if half a dozen supporting characters were cut that the movie could have been better.  Other reviews used words like rambling and disjointed to describe the film.

The Dark Knight Rises is over 2 and 1/2 hours long.  It was good and I did not feel it was too long or at least I couldn’t immediately think of places to cut.  It feels suitably epic.

All James Bond movies are long.  I don’t think there has been a James Bond movie under 2 hours and 20 minutes in the last twenty years.  I think Casino Royale seemed a bit long towards the end but overall I enjoyed it.

I guess a movie is only too long if it inspires you to think about how it might be cut.


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