Brevity may be the soul of wit, but it's currently certainly NOT regarded as such by the movie-makers! If a film doesn't run for three hours, then they just have to pad it out until it DOES! Personally, I simply cannot be asked to drag myself to the cinema in order to sit through that many hours of Johnny Depp (fan though I am) & Co trying to convince me that Pirates of the Caribbean 3 NEEDS to run as long as Dr Zhivago!
It's best just to watch the trailers at the movies these days - they seem to be able to tell the entire film - with plot spoilers - in a matter of minutes! So how come the trailer-makers aren't as rich and famous and Oscar-ladden as the film-makers? Frankly, it's a mystery!
Mercifully, there are cinematic geniuses out there - like the self-styled 'Guy With The Glasses' whose work David Weeks happened upon the other day on YouTube - who are able to take these gargantuan epics and cut them down to size!
Here, for example, is all you need to know about Pirates of the Caribbean 2 - and at least two and a half hours shorter!
Farewell to 'The Black Pearl'! And, since a good joke is always worth repeating this happily gives me another opportunity to have a go at That Other Movie Ship - and goad its fans! So, once again, enjoy ---- just don't blink!
And from the same creative genius, here are the three parts of The Lord of the Rings in just a few seconds - proving that Peter Jackson really, truly, honestly didn't need all those extra hours!
The Fellowship of the Ring...
The Two Towers...
The Return of the King...
And strictly for adults, the brief version of Brokeback Mountain. Not that Brokeback was horrendously overlong, but at least it saves you having to watch all the Other Stuff in between the Interesting Bits!
Finally, here's where you can view all of the movie parodies created by Guy With The Glasses. So many goodies - Silence of the Lambs, 2001: A Space Odyssey and ALL the Harry Potter films in one five second mini-movie! What are you waiting for? Go and look!