Midweek Mouth-off: Running too long?

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but 150 seems to have become the new 90. No, people aren’t suddenly living longer. I’m referring to the fact that the running time of several recent Hollywood blockbusters have all been hovering around the bladder-bursting 2.5 hour mark, and sometimes even beyond. With so many of these big budget flicks being adaptations of novels and comics, it’s sort of understandable as they have a lot of material to get through. But when you have movies like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which feels bloated to the point of grotesquerie, you have to wonder if it would not have been wiser to just trim the fat instead of trying to cram so many plot points and explosions into one screenplay?

So what do you guys think? Are you okay with longer running times, as then you get more movie for your money? Or would you prefer your silver screen filled with lean, mean, brisk entertainment machines?

Last Updated: May 28, 2014

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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