They say good things come to those who wait, and in Martin Scorsese’s case, he knows the extended runtime of his Western drama “Killers of the Flower Moon” is more than worth it.
In a new interview with Hindustan TimesScorsese, 80, shut down criticism of his upcoming film’s long running time of 3 hours and 26 minutes by comparing it to the length of time the average person binge-watches television.
With blockbuster films like “Casino,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Irishman” under his belt, Scorsese is no stranger to keeping moviegoers locked in with visually stunning films that approach or exceed three hours.
“People say it’s three hours, but come on,” the director said. “You can sit in front of the TV and watch something for five hours. Additionally, many people watch theater for 3.5 hours. There are real actors on stage, you can’t get up and walk around. You give it that respect, give respect to cinema.
Scorsese may have caught wind of detractors who complained throughout the running time of “Killers of the Flower Moon,” but many of the filmmaker’s fans gushed over their excitement on X, formerly Twitter, to see the 206-year-old film. minutes.
In the era of many theatrical releases moving to streaming services, Scorsese admitted that fans would be doing themselves a disservice if they didn’t watch “Killers of the Flower Moon” on the big screen.
“Are we planning to make a blockbuster? No, we’re making a film that should (be) watched on the big screen,” Scorsese told exit.
He added: “Any other photos I’ve taken? Maybe not. Sometimes it’s also the strength of the image, if it works well on a smaller screen that’s interesting. Killers could play on a small screen, but to truly immerse yourself, you have to take the time. »
Set in Oklahoma in the 1920s, “Killers of the Flower Moon” follows the true story of the Osage Nation’s tragic series of massacres known as the “Reign of Terror.” The film is based on the popular book of the same name by journalist David Grann.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Lily Gladstone, “Killers of the Flower Moon” hits theaters October 20. Watch the trailer below.