Of the 3 movies I watched recently (past and this week) - Schindler's List(1993), The Lord of the Rings(2001) and Vertical Limit(2000); the first two are each around 180 minutes long. ( I seem to watch the movies a bit too late)
Schindler's List had the second CD spoilt so I watched the 1st and 3rd CDs - seems like a very realistic portrayal of Nazi Germany. The depiction is very objective and Spielberg just presents the facts as a chronicler not in anyway mixing it up with his ideas or views etc. Cant say much more because I missed the important part where the story develops.
The Lord of the RingsTHE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING - a big movie based on the novel by JRR Tolkien. I liked the starting but then midway it seems to stretch a lot which at times makes it monotonous - though effects in a hall would be profound. A richly computer animated film, as Frodo Baggins(Elija Wood) travels across from the Shire to Mordor - but does not quite reach it - made by a Newzealand based director it has a good cast; well capable of enacting those fairy tale like sequences. Ian Mackellen is the best of the lot. I didnt understand; whether he acctually dies or is under the Shadows??? Some of the action and other sequences are stunning.
Vertical Limit starts with a very illogical death sequence and then it portrays a mission to rescue another jeopardized mountain expedition team. The person who played Nehru in Govind Nihlani's Bharat Ek Khoj ; plays a Pakistani General in the movie. A team of six is sent to rescue the team of three - then the breathtaking scenes and blizzards and avalanches are fine but the movie seems to defy logic - risking lives to fulfill a publicity stunt. I dont know; the human nature for adventure seems insatiable - such expeditions are mostly danger-prone if not always.
ROGER EBERT'S REVIEWS :
The Lord of the Rings - TFOTR