“The Kissing Booth 2” is the proof: Netflix has finally lost all measure!
The reviews are not great – but the Netflix hit “The Kissing Booth” made such waves that I wanted to watch it at the start of the sequel anyway. But then I fell backwards in shock …
When I write a review of a Netflix original, there is a sentence that I can almost write down before I even look: “Unfortunately, the film is half an hour too long.” That has long been a structural problem in the streaming giant’s production department:
“Unfortunately, the film is half an hour too long.”
Of course, it’s basically great that the directors are given more freedom at Netflix than elsewhere – but now this freedom is increasingly leading to excess, which is primarily reflected in the playing time. And unfortunately that’s not the good kind of excess that makes movies exciting – it’s the bad kind of excess that drags films like chewing gum.
the bad kind of excess that drags films like chewing gum.
A teen romcom with epic proportions
“The Kissing Booth 2” now shoots the bird: The romantic teen sequel has a playing time of two hours and ten minutes! The first part was already at the upper limit in this genre with 105 minutes – but 130 minutes is pure madness.
“The Kissing Booth 2” now shoots the bird:
The romantic teen sequel has a playing time of two hours and ten minutes!
In terms of length, one expects a huge battle epic in the cinema, a generational melodrama or an MCU blockbuster with dozens of heroes – but not a teenage film about a homemade smooch room.
The rule and not the exception
Sometimes such outliers also happen in the cinema. For example in the comedies by Judd Apatow (“The King Of Staten Island”), which are usually 20 to 30 minutes longer than one would actually expect in the genre. But with Netflix films, 30 minutes too long has long since become the rule and no longer the exception.
But with Netflix films, 30 minutes too long has long since become the rule and no longer the exception.
We all liked films like “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga”, “Tyler Rake: Extraction” or “The Old Guard” – but they would all have been better if someone had cut out 20 minutes of filler material. And then there are total failures like “The Last Days Of American Crime”, where the running time of two and a half hours for a sci-fi throwaway thriller with little ideas 123movies simply a cheek!
The review for “The Last Days Of American Crime”
The fault is in the system
Netflix is also luring well-known directors away from the cinema because the streaming portal not only gives them a lot of money, but in many cases also a higher degree of creative freedom. But even if that sounds great at first, it doesn’t necessarily have to pay off artistically – after all, creative ideas often arise from a certain limitation (whether financially, technically or also regarding the duration).
With Netflix, however, these limitations are often missing – and so films regularly appear on the portal that would still have the status of a “first cut version” in Hollywood studios. Of course, it has happened often enough in history that the studios subsequently destroyed such a first version with their cuts. But letting the filmmakers get away with everything is not a solution either – baseless mammoth works like “The Last Days Of American Crime” or now “The Kissing Booth 2” are proof of this.
With Netflix, however, these limitations are often missing – and so films regularly appear on the portal that would still have the status of a “first cut version” in Hollywood studios.
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