Friday, March 15, 2019

In Praise of Intermissions

With the upcoming Avengers: Endgame release reported to have a 3 hour run time, rumors have started to surface that the film may include an intermission, or interval.  And the discussion has started in earnest, with some praising the decision and others decrying the very nature of intermissions.

Me, I'm completely in favor of adding in an intermission.  I want the cinema experience to be an event.  I know Avengers: Endgame is three hours in running time, but I want more.  I want a Marvel One-Shot short before the main event.  I want an overture, I want the intermission, and I want an entr'acte.

Theaters should want this.  There needs to be some kind of pomp and circumstance regarding seeing a film in the cinema.  Something that makes the cinema experience different than just playing the same movie on a home theater system with surround sound and an ultra high def big screen television.  Intermissions add in that unique factor.  They also provide a second swing at the concession stand for refills and for new purchases.

I know theaters are not fans of long running movies and would prefer to have shorter features granting them more show times.  But if the film is going to be long anyway, having the intermission for a second pass at the snack bar would seem like a good trade.

Jamie and I have sought out a movie experience simply to see something made with an intermission in mind.  When The Hateful Eight came out, we made a point of catching it in Austin so we could see the roadshow production with the overture and the intermission.  And it was worth it.  The film was created as an epic and it deserved that kind of treatment.

Endgame does as well.  And I say bring it on.  Let's making this a fitting capstone for the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far.  It's the culmination of 21 films preceding it.

Let's give it the royal treatment it deserves.

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