10 Movies That Would Be Outstanding If They Weren't So Long

They'd be better if they weren't so bloated.

We've explained before how it takes a special kind of filmmaker to be able to tell their story without padding out the runtime to make their movie feel more impactful. Being succinct is hard, especially when your natural urges want you to keep blabbering on and on until you find a little nugget of creativity that's worth building something around, like a seed that grows from the most barren of ideas until it blossoms into a... Sorry. I'm not immune to be long-winded, either. Anyways, being an editor is hard, and dealing with directors who have egos the size of a Jupiter moon makes that job even more cumbersome. So when it comes time to cut down the lengthy "masterpieces" handed to them, it's a constant battle of wills between editor and director to see whether brevity will win out in the end. Sometimes the director wins. Simple as that. So let's do something that a few editors were unable to achieve. Let's trim the fat of Hollywood films that, while entertaining and terrific in parts, ultimately failed to deliver because they were too saggy.
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