Do you care about a movie's length? Do you need an intermission?
We've talked about the current state of long movies on this site before. Right now, with Hollywood scheduling more tentpole movies, we're seeing films come in at a longer length. James Cameron is back to join the party with his newest Avatar movie, Avatar: The Way of Water. The first Avatar movie was a little over two and a half hours long. Now, according to Empire magazine, the newest is “currently coming in at around three hours.”
And Cameron does not want to hear any complaints about the movie’s runtime.
“I don’t want anybody whining about length when they sit and binge-watch [television] for eight hours,” Cameron said. “I can almost write this part of the review. ‘The agonizingly long three-hour movie…’ It’s like, give me a fucking break. I’ve watched my kids sit and do five one-hour episodes in a row. Here’s the big social paradigm shift that has to happen: it’s okay to get up and go pee.”
Cameron is right that the audience is shifting to binging much more than before, but without the ability to look at their phones in a movie theater, audiences can get a little restless. I love that he's sticking up for his film. If there's anything we know right now, it's that Cameron is making this movie with a lot of confidence. If the movie is three hours long, it's because he wants it to be, not because it is overstuffed.
“The trolls will have it that nobody gives a shit and they can’t remember the characters’ names or one damn thing that happened in the movie,” Cameron said. “Then they see the movie again and go, ‘Oh, okay, excuse me, let me just shut the fuck up right now.’ So I’m not worried about that.”
The world and Hollywood have changed a lot since the last time an Avatar movie was in theaters. It's hard to predict a box office for the sequel to the second-largest money-making movie of all time. Will people go see it?
I know I'll be in line. I can't wait to see what he delivers. Let me know what you think in the comments.
Avatar: The Way of Water opens in theaters on Dec. 15.