Spiderman, laughing and length

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January 19, 2022 by jacklovelace

This is a bit of a companion piece to my other posting today about movies, seats and people.

I am not a Superhero movie fan. They mostly bore me. The action scenes are mind numbing and

they just don’t have the story to grab me.

Knowing the new Spiderman movie is a huge hit, and being covid hiding bored, I bought my two

seats in the back and plopped down to see what all the hoopla was about.

It was charming. The humor and dialogue work, some surprise people show up, and all in all I think

it is quite good by Superhero movie standards.

I have noticed one of my pet peeves in theaters, people talking, doesn’t seem to be much of a problem anymore. It helps to go early in the day for sure but I enjoy the quiet.

The seats in my favorite theater are so far apart I can’t hear people chewing so that is good. Same goes for the cell phone people, I can’t see them.

So it was a point of amusement that in the row in front of me was one another kind of mild almost amusing irritant……..the laugher.

Some people laugh at everything, and I mean everything. Spiderman has a lot of fun bits and she didn’t miss any of them with outright laughter. I can see a smile or a chuckle but rare is the movie where I outright laugh over and over again. I swear she would even laugh at straight scenes without humor.

Even a cranky old man realizes there are limits of bitching, so I put this in the mildest category. But I still don’t get it.

Finally, Spiderman was two and a half hours, par for the course these days.

It seems to me that Covid has unleashed filmmakers with no one to tell them to make edits to keep movies only as long as they need to be.

I just assume any Superhero movie is up to 3 hours, dramas and action movies routinely over two hours. Kid movies are way past 90 minutes and some are creeping into two hour world. If I see a movie is around the 2 hour mark it is almost a victory these days.

Hell, I expect horror movies to move into the 2 to 3 hour range.

Just because we are bored and anxious to get out doesn’t mean we want to watch grass grow in movies.

By the way, after my smartass remark about horror movies, I checked Scream length.

Just under two hours.

90 minute movies……………we hardly knew you!

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