What brings all this to mind is the film Master with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams. The trailers of this film struck me as tedious, long, and the story of two characters at odds with each, one being totally psychotic (Joaquin Phoenix.) The reviews came out mixed from the best film and strongest performances of these actors, Joaquin Phoenix's comeback, a story loosely based on the life of L. Ron Hubbard to dull, long, and dragging.
Long story short, my DH suggested we go, based on reviews saying it is a must see. With this cast, it will probably be one of those Oscar night run aways and I'll be sitting there like a fool saying, "Well, it didn't look interesting." So we go. (Oh, and another small fact, it is 137 minutes long - do the math, that is over 2 hours. That is a serious investment of my time.)
I do not want to be a spoiler so I will reveal no details, but to say 2/3s of the way through the movie, my DH turned to me, "Do you think this is as bad as I do?" I definitely agreed. (I had been watching out of the corner of my eye and I'm not so sure he had not been wrestling with this thought for a while.) So we left. For the record Hoffman and Phoenix do give Oscar nomination worthy performances, however, the movie is tedious, long, and the story of two characters at odds with each, one being totally psychotic.