Why is the Potential Runtime of a Movie Considered News?

I’m all about reporting news on television shows, movies, and video games like the next guy.  I’ll even stretch as far as to share single frame images from movies or shows that are significant.  However, for the life of me, I just refuse to believe the runtime of a movie is real news.  I see outlets upon outlets reporting on the runtime of movies.    Today for example we were told that “The Fate of the Furious” will have a scheduled runtime of 160 minutes.  Is it me or is that ridiculously long for a Fast and Furious movie?  We’re talking 2 hours and 40 minutes of car stuff?  Yikes.  I just can’t see that working.

Anway, let’s get back to my point.  If you’re writing an article that analyzes the runtime of a film and what it means in relation to other films I get that.  However, I keep seeing these “articles” whose main message is a movie’s runtime.  I mean really?  That’s it?  That’s all you have to tell me?  At least tell me what the runtime signifies.  At least tell my why it’s important a movie is longer or shorter than anticipated.  Does it have to do with the plot?  Does it it have to do with footage being added?  Why is this important?  Is it me or is this journalism 101?  And I’m no journalist.

I’d be more interested in a title that said “X Movie’s Runtime is 160 minutes which means X.”  See?  Now I know that there’s a story behind a movie’s runtime.  But to simply take up journalistic space to tell me how long a movie is going to be?  No.  Stop doing that.

OK, that’s enough.


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