Sunday, August 31, 2008
Fantastic, epic-lengthed film about the space program. It tells a long, intricate story in a very personable, very engrossing, and surprisingly very funny way. It's that special kind of movie that's complex and involved, yet also something of a crowd pleaser.
Mainstream entertainment at its finest, is what I'm saying. Which is funny, I don't normally think of 3 hour and 15 minute movies as being entirely mainstream, but it would be hard to imagine most people not enjoying this. Of course, people did love that LOTR shit, so maybe I'm being unfair in suggesting that mass audiences don't like long movies, and maybe this isn't as much of an exception. A lot of summer event type movies go well past the 2 hour mark. Maybe it's that audiences don't like long movies that aren't filled with action or special effects. Would anyone have wanted to see Titanic if that fucking boat didn't sink? What about The Aviator? It was more of a serious prestige picture and was pretty long. But it did have plane crashes and shit. Or is it just the DiCaprio factor? Or is it just my own misperception that people tend to have a problem with longer movies?
This is one of those posts where I don't come to any conclusion.