Have You Ever Skipped a Movie Due to Its Length?

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I think we’ve all be there: you’ve come home from a long day at work or school and just want to plop on the couch and watch something. However, you know that tomorrow you got to get up early, so you have to find something short. Usually, television shows win out 9 times out of 10. But sometimes, you want to watch a film.

However, time is of the essence, so what usually happens is you pick a film that is under two hours. After all, sleep is important. But even on days off, you usually stick to movies in the 2-hour range. Why is that? Is it because we want to fill our days off with as much activities as we can? Has our attention spans shortened thanks to the internet and its endless supply of cat videos? Why do we prefer shorter runtimes now?

Anyway, the question I ask today is: are there any movies you have avoided due to the runtime?


I have always said that I think the best runtimes are between 90 and 120 minutes. If you can tell a great story in that sweet spot, you have my approval.

I avoided films like Titanic and Avatar (thanks James Cameron) for years because the runtimes were close to 3+ hours. I finally watched Avatar last week, and it was okay. I mean, I was entertained for that whole runtime so that was good.

I have War for the Planet of the Apes and The Hateful Eight chilling on my shelf waiting to be watched. If those films were under two hours I’d have already watched them. But once the runtime pushes past 2 hours I have to seriously consider if spending that much time in front of the TV is a good idea.

Hopefully, I’ll have more free time in the future to start getting through those long ass films.


So what about you, folks? What movies have you not seen yet because the runtime is just too long?

I’ll see you in the trenches.

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Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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