The new Godzilla is just a few weeks away, and we have the multiple trailers to prove it. While we know plenty about the actors involved and how the general story will progress, we still know little about the new monsters (who will be original by the way) that will face off against the iconic behemoth.
Thanks to Fandango, we now know that the film will have a runtime of 2 hours and 3 minutes. If you don't usually track runtimes, that's definitely above average, but not by much.
Most films vary in length but are usually between 90 and 105 minutes long (1.5-1.75 hours). Animated films skew the curve because they're usually a bit shorter, but a PG-13 movie franchise reboot? That's going to have a few extra scenes kept in the final reel.
So what does this mean? Why even bother bringing it up?
The discussion about the upcoming Godzilla has been polarizing to say the least. Judging from the articles I've both written and read about the film's promotion, it seems like hardcore fans are pretty divided on whether or not this will be a positive step forward for the Godzilla franchise, and runtimes can be a decent benchmark for speculating on whether or not a movie is looking good to the producers.
A film that is too long can be a bad sign that the studio has greenlit a messy script, and their editing team couldn't condense the film and maintain a decent story flow. On the flipside, an overly long film may signal that the studio has faith that the movie will make enough money in the box office to warrant having fewer showtimes.
I know this because I worked in a movie theater for quite a few years as a manager. The "kid" movies were shorter because the studios logically make more money when there are more showtimes, hence the editing process is absolutely essential to the financial success of a film.
If a movie is longer, like The Hobbit, then the studio is banking on the film to have a higher volume per showing. This is why Titanic can still be one of the highest grossing movies of all time after clocking at about 3 hours.
So what does this mean for Godzilla? I deem it a good sign that the film is somewhere above the average screen time. This means they've put together a film that is compact enough to have at least four showings on a regular day without having to overly-condense it for the sake of story.
Of course, we'll just have to wait and see for ourselves.
Godzilla roars into theaters on May 15.