Best of 2022 is ComingSoon’s weeklong celebration of the entertainment that made this past year so memorable.
Sometimes even when you’re looking forward to a movie, you’ll look at the runtime and groan. I wanted to see Robert Pattinson’s take on the Caped Crusader but The Batman being nearly three hours long seemed like a bloated experience before I took it in. Thankfully, that was the first of many times I was wrong this year as several three-hour movies wound up being among my favorite cinematic experiences of the year.
Trust me, I’m glad that most movies aren’t this long, but it’s nice to see plenty of examples of three-hour movies done right this year. Let’s take a look at four movies that showed throughout 2022 that long runtimes aren’t necessarily a bore.
As mentioned, The Batman comes in just under the three-hour mark but are we gonna squabble over four minutes? That’s close enough, and you know the saying — close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and movie runtimes.
Director Matt Reeves uses the length wonderfully as he takes his time to establish interesting characters and villains, while also giving Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne a chance to actually be a detective. Having moments to breathe really helped the film and allowed for the action scenes to feel all the more impactful when they occurred. Plus, with Warner Bros. already having plans for building out spin-off shows, such as The Penguin, and telling more stories within the universe, taking the time to flesh out its version of Gotham clearly paid off as fan interest is at a high for more.
RRR truly feels like a ride with its many twists, turns, and thrills that it offers up. From toe-tapping musical numbers with tremendous dancing to the incredibly charismatic performances of both N. T. Rama Rao Jr. and Ram Charan, there’s no element that fails to impress. However, even if they’re often brought up as the highlight, there’s so much more than the bombastic action moments that make RRR one of the most special movies of the year.
Over the course of 182 minutes, director S. S. Rajamouli uses the extended runtime to carefully make us connect with its characters. We get to see Bheem and Raju become the best of friends via an extensive montage and a lengthy look at Raju’s past during a sequence that adds new depth to the character’s motivations; every segment is confident rather than rushed through. All these elements combine to create a film that has you rooting for its heroes and it all ends in one of the most satisfying sequences of the year. Stakes are simply raised when you’ve been through so much with such a likable duo.