Hold on to your bladders, Harry Potter fans. The new film in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, is weighing in at 157 minutes, making it the longest in the series. That’s almost two hours and forty minutes, for those of you mathematically impaired in the audience.
Goblet of Fire was at the time of its release the longest Potter book, and many – myself included – couldn’t imagine that the story could be condensed to fit in one movie. The buzz I have been hearing has been positive, though, and as lame as it sounds, I think the running time is a good sign. The film is being allowed to extend to a larger size.
What’s exciting is that the Potter films, which have been running longer and longer, are proving that kid films don’t have to be 80 minutes long, that kids will sit still if what is given them is quality entertainment.
Of course what I would like to see is Warner Bros finally put out some decent fucking editions of these movies on DVD, including plenty of deleted scenes, possibly even cut back into the film. And with commentaries, damn you!
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