So I re-watched James Gray’s The Lost City Z, and it re-affirmed my earlier belief that the movie probably should’ve been longer. Though it is one of my favourite movie from 2017, there are definitely glaring problems with the movie, most of which are caused by the limited runtime.
Like the way the movie begins, with this whole journey of just getting to South America, and the anticipation it builds, i found enriching. But once the initial expedition is concluded and there’s the rest of the movie playing out partly in England and partly in South America, it felt a bit disingenuous in regards to the going back and forth so quickly. It was jarring to be quiet honest. It would’ve been interesting to see the movie delve further into the exploration part, going into details and further development of Manley and Costin; Further revelation about Fawcett himself. And also the final expedition I felt would’ve benefited from the son’s character to be given a natural progression of time passing and his interest in exploration flourishing. Whereas it feels tertiary the way the character is brought to the forefront.
Now I realize it follows Fawcett’s life, so that is just how the story is, and with 2 hour and 20 mins, I don’t hold it against the movie.
Though I do feel a chance was missed, where this could’ve been Lawrence of Arabia or Barry Lyndon in terms of the one wandering character, who is explored in depth; I wouldn’t have minded a 180 to 240 minute run time. An extraordinary movie nonetheless.
So any movies you have encountered over the years that you feel would’ve benefitted from a longer run time?