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Written, Directed and Edited by one person is always trouble
Like almost everyone else reviewing here, my wife and I found this way, way too long. Maybe 45 minutes too long. Maybe an hour.
Scene after scene we found ourselves remarking to each other, "what was the point of that?" Just one example: the scene with the ape street performer ran for something like 7-8 minutes. We thought it could have been done in a fraction of that and nothing would have been lost. Then I later thought they could have done without it entirely and I'm not sure anything would have been lost.
The scene with the museum director given the speech on the steps of the foyer? What was the point? What did it add? Nothing that we could see.
Scene after scene we turned to each other and asked the same question.
So instead of being a tight 1:30 to 1:45 movie, this ran on for a tedious 2 and a half hours.
I have a personal rule of thumb when it comes to films. Movies that are written and directed by the same person are so often self-indulgent. I'm going to have to amend that to: movies written, directed and edited by the same person are invariably self-indulgent and way too long.
A good director here would have told the writer what was wrong with the script and suggested what needed to be rewritten. A good editor would have gone back to the director and told him that it was running too long and that by cutting this or that that the result would have been better.
Unfortunately this film has, needless to say, the same person in all three roles. and as a result, it's way too long and was just tedious.
Sorry, but I just don't understand the rave reviews some have given this. Yes, this is ALMOST a good film. But only ALMOST.
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