Brangelina’s By the Sea – Is It worth the Run Time?

Brangelina's By the Sea - Is It Worth the Run Time?

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For those who’ve been dying to see Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt return together to the big screen, now is your chance with By the Sea released in theaters on Friday, November 13.

This dramatic new film marks the A-list Hollywood couple’s first together since 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith – which led to their now more than a decade relationship.

Angelina told EW earlier this year that writing, directing and starring in the film was made easier, thanks to her husband.

She explained, “It was comforting in that he’s a great actor and we produced it together. So we were creating together and we were partners in making it. We were there to lean on each other. But, of course, it comes with wanting to make sure I do right by him. The pressure of making sure that I was doing a good enough job because I care about this actor more than other actors! It was an emotionally charged set — even though the characters are very different from us, when you act you still express real emotion.”

While it sounds like making it was a positive experience for the pair, movie reviewers seem to collectively agree that By the Sea isn’t as much fun for the audience to watch. Noting that it definitely “sinks” rather than swims, and that their “swoon-worthy marriage” won’t be enough to attract viewers.

Justin Chang writes for Variety, that not even the “biggest Brangelina fans” are going to be able to “hop onboard this boat.” He says, “Meandering and overlong in ways that will test the patience of even die-hard Brangelina fans, the film ultimately feels too dramatically reductive and obvious to pull off its desired cocktail of Albee and Antonioni, limiting its appeal primarily to those viewers who can get drunk on visual pleasure alone.”

Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy remarked, “Met with a tepid response at the opening night of this year’s AFI Film Festival, this languid piece of would-be art cinema will prove once again that even the biggest names in the world won’t draw an audience to something that, in and of itself, has no reason for being.”

Finally, The Wrap claims that the drama “teeters on parody,” writing, “If By the Sea weren’t so aggressively humorless, it might almost qualify as camp, so unsuccessful is its pursuit of weighty drama. Unintentional laughs are hard to come by here; instead, there are yawns aplenty.”