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We've talked about this before on the podcast, but I have believed for a number of years now that Hollywood blockbusters have gotten too long.
This occurs to me every single time in the theater and mainly because at around the two hour mark or so my thoughts shift from whether or not I agree with Captain America or Iron Man on whether or not the Avengers should be accountable to the public, to "oh my god, when's the next lull filler scene happening so I can take a pee break". On this note a very warm thank you to Batman v Superman for including a scene with Kevin Costner so I knew when to take that break.
|I would like to thank 30 seconds in Picasa for this.|
|Captain America: The 30 minutes too long Avenger|
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|Pictured: short and good.|
Long movies have their place in cinemas, as do short movies. If your premise allows for a longer movie please feel free to make it longer. The audience will understand it. This is where I'm coming to the title of this article: Batman v Superman was either too long or too short. I believe the latter might be the case, going by anecdotal evidence form Zack Synder's comments about a Director's Cut hitting home video, and knowing that the Director's and Ultimate Cuts of Watchmen were massive improvements over the theatrical cut. We'll have to wait and see on whether or not I was right, but I hope I could make my point in the confines of this article: leave when it's hardest to go, not when you are asked to leave.
|Schrödinger's Movie: Neither too long nor too short until final cut.|