The bigger the movie, the longer the movie. So it seems these days. Avatar 2, or Avatar: The Way Of Water to give it the proper title, may be no exception.

Recently No Time To Die (2’43”), The Batman (2’56”), Dune (2’35”), Tenet (2’30”) have all made us reconsider the wisdom of that extra large bucket of coke from the concessions stand.


The original Avatar was 2’40” long itself, so there is form here. In an interview with Empire, James Cameron talked at length about his return to Pandora and didn’t deny he is expecting it to be a mammoth movie. Not only that, he says he doesn’t want to hear any complaints.

“I don’t want anybody whining about length when they sit and binge-watch [television] for eight hours … I can almost write this part of the review. ‘The agonizingly long three-hour movie…’ It’s like, give me a f—ing break. I’ve watched my kids sit and do five one-hour episodes in a row. Here’s the big social paradigm shift that has to happen: it’s okay to get up and go pee.”

You hear that? We have the permission of James Cameron himself to get up and go to the restroom. We will all just have to deploy our own personal movie-theatre piss-break strategy. We all have one, even if we don’t admit it.


If nature calls, mid-movie, mine is to wait until immediately after a big action scene and then make the fast dash. I am eternally grateful for newer, more modern multiplexes where they have a bathroom right next to the door to the screen so you don’t have to traverse corridors back to the lobby and miss even more of the film.

And now I am on a website talking to an international audience about piss. Thanks James Cameron. Thanks a lot.

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