ms. fresh fish

Editor, please!
March 14, 2007, 7:25 am
Filed under: general

We watched Casino Royale last night, both being anxious to take the new Bond-format for a test drive. I love Daniel Craig as Bond, I admit it. He’s much more masculine and rugged than the last pretty boy. The story was alright. It was much less offensive than other Bond movies I’ve been subjected to, that’s for sure.

One major problem with the flick: It’s too damn long. Who on earth told the makers of the movie that a Bond movie is worthy of sucking up 2 hours and 15 minutes of viewers’ lives? It’s an epidemic in Hollywood, in my opinion, that peaked a couple of years ago but continues to linger. If I could send a message to Hollywood, just one, it would be to give the editors a bigger role. The directors are apparently incapable of checking their ‘auteur’ egos at the door, resulting in films that have indulged their need for self-gratification to an excess. Movies over two hours should be reserved for movies that are inherently important. Some examples off the top of my head: Schindler’s List, Roots (I know it was a tv mini-series, but if it were ever re-done, it would be worthy), hell I’ll even throw some Spike Lee movies in there. Bond, however, does not merit that much length.

As Tom McSorley (CBC Radio One movie critic whose name I’ve just mangled the spelling of, I’m sure) mentioned this morning, the ideal length of a movie is 75 minutes. Hollywood, that should be your new target.


3 Comments so far
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I totally agree with you. I have a hard time sitting for a movie that is more that 90 minutes max.

Comment by lolablue

Unless it’s one of the Lord of the Rings movies. (Even if Aragorn (Viggo) has a tail – right Lola?).

Comment by Joanne

thanks a lot Joanne, I had finally gotten past the tail…

I just can’t look at him the same.

Comment by lolablue

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