So today’s post is something I’ve brought up recently and people have been curious about “DIRECTORS SYNDROME” so lets delve into this. I believe we are in a vast epidemic lately and it’s only going to get worse.
Once upon a time studios used to make 3 reelers get the families in give em a fright and off they’d pop, once audiences became sophisticated enough to understand the grammar of celluloid films grew in length to satisfy the need of them paying their admission and fight the urge of telly. Now we are in a golden age of telly and once again cinema throws us gimmicks to keep our arses away from our tellies and one that filmmakers have resorted to is length.
The runtime is very much a bone of contention with a lot of people I’ve talked to lately with run times for most blockbusters starting at dead on 2 hrs going to 3 this is an era where a directors excess is appreciated and celebrated so they can make people feel like they’ve spent their money at the pictures but oh no this isn’t a new concept.
Look at any director and a high percentage of them you’ll notice will usually start with a film in the 90 - 109 minutes a fair run time but once that film does great and the director gets successful the films never go back to 90 minutes again, the excess is increased, the pretension raised and soon we have directors syndrome. I find this more common in current filmmakers or filmmakers being allowed to make films currently as once a film lands, hits big they think they are it and go buck wild and make incomprehensible garbage for their next film, I truly believe some filmmakers pad their films out to hit a runtime rather than tell the story they are trying to.
Older directors would be very work man like in their approach and just keep working and maybe have a hit and maybe not as long as it’s on time, budget and not piss off the censors they were very much left alone. Today it’s very much the opposite film feels lost with Joe Carnahan, Woody Allen and Joe Lynch standing out as filmmakers who make tightly paced, entertaining films with a depth lacking in most Hollywood fare and most importantly dare to be different and try. (CONT’D BELOW)