Tuesday, 28 January 2014

2013: MOST UNNECESSARILY LONG FILM - WHEN THE DRAGON SWALLOWED THE SUN


When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun is 115 minutes long, according to IMDb. According to my bum, it's more like 115 hours long. I guess I'll never be able to outright slate a Free Tibet documentary, but this one lost major points from me for being way, way too long. The pacing is sluggish and the film's rhetoric repetitive, and it seems to reach its natural conclusion just over an hour in. I exited the cinema shocked that it hadn't been even two hours, when I could have sworn it had been three. When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun is far from 2013's longest film, but it's easily 2013's most unnecessarily long (or long-feeling) film.