Discuss Casablanca

So, I'm here watching Casablanca for the first time and it's just so boring. I don't know if it's because I've just sat through two very entertaining Dustin Hoffman movies (Tootsie and The Graduate) but I'm just finding Casablanca a drag to sit through. Anyone else feel like Casablanca is way overrated?

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I'm a huge fan of movies of the '20s, '30s, and '40s, and know that seemingly a majority of classic-films fans consider this one exceptional and apparently love it. While I don't mind this movie, it's never made any type strong impression on me, so isn't a film I ever go out of my way to see again (though throughout the years I've seen it multiple times), despite my being a fan of the stars involved.

I just don't get how anyone can call it exceptional. It's so boring. The storytelling is dragged out over 1hr and 42 mins in what seems like could be 1hr 20mins. Perhaps this film would have been better served in colour, had the option been there?

It's so popular due to the top cast, the noir production, the classic romance, and the film's iconic moment in time. But I agree that it's not, in its own right, exceptional.

It's a shame that Casablanca is talked about a lot more than actual exceptional films. To give an example, I've heard far more about Casablanca than I have about the visual masterpiece that is Goodfellas.


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