Now that Cannes selection has been announced, more information about the movies has started to be revealed. One exciting little tidbit is that Quentin Tarantino‘s new film, Inglourious Basterds clocks in at a whopping 2 hours 40 minutes. This is Benjamin Button long; the type of movie where you need to plan ahead and start watching it by a certain time otherwise you end up having to leave to get a snack or falling asleep in the back row.
With this kind of subject matter and such a long run-time, the film will be one of two things: amazing or painful. If the story is interesting and done well, the run time doesn’t matter. Quentin Tarantino makes pretty entertaining movies, and this one shouldn’t be any different.
So instead of just saying “this as a long movie,” let’s step into Tarantino world and see how long this film really is…
Let’s take a look at his past runtimes shortest to longest:
- Four Rooms was 102 minutes (1 hour 42 minutes) – Great movie, also before he had big budgets and time to develop his film
- Both of his Kill Bill movies were 111 minutes (1 hour and 51 minutes) – Both fairly short and to the point, although the second one feels a bit longer.
- Sin City (although not all him) was 124 minutes (2 hours and 4 minutes) – His scenes were definitely some of the most entertaining.
- Pulp Fiction was 149 minutes (2 hours and 29 minutes) – I’ve watched this one a good ten or more times and have NEVER thought it was too long.
- Jackie Brown was 151 minutes (2 hours and 31 minutes) – Good movie, although could have been a touch shorter.
- Grindhouse was 193 minutes (3 hours and 12 minutes) although only half of it was his, so maybe this should be at the top of the list? Either way, this was a bit too long for me, but that’s because it’s two films! If we take out just the half he did, there were no run-time issues.
To me, 2 hours and 40 minutes, in Tarantino world really isn’t that long. Think of it like a 2 hour movie from another Director. I would have trouble sitting through Wolverine if it was that long, but I have a feeling that just like Pulp Fiction, this won’t be a hard one to sit through, unless of course you’re squeamish or afraid of blood. If that’s the case, then this is going to be a LONG ride for you.
What do you think of this? Does this affect your interest in the movie?