Life (***) - Life is a very hard film to review. On one hand, youíve got the simple fact that I enjoyed myself while watching it and laughed quite frequently. On the other hand, youíve got to wonder how the filmmakers chose to cover over 60 years in only an hour and 40 minutes. There is a 2 minute montage in this film that literally covers 28 years - IN 2 MINUTES!!! Granted, there are a few nice touches that director Ted Demme brings to those 2 minutes, but it makes me wonder what this film would have been like when I heard that this was going to an epic film running around 2 Ĺ to 3 hours.Itís obviously a lot of trims were made when almost half the preview is non-existent in the current print. I almost feel like they didnít trust us, the audience, to follow a comedy/drama through 60 years and nearly 3 hours. Did we learn nothing from The Shawshank Redemption? Regardless - that being said - I still go back to the simple fact that I laughed quite regularly during Life and I must say that Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence turn in truly remarkable performances - from the opening frames all the way through their aging. Theyíre terrific. I also really enjoyed a nightclub fantasy sequence that is both funny and touching. And granted, it might be easy to keep their spirits up in the prison thatís depicted in the movie. Other than some early hard labor and some adjusting to their fellow inmates, the prison almost seems like an enjoyable way to spend your life and thatís a mistake. Only a few moments are given for Murphy and Lawrence to regret the time theyíve spent in jail and those moments would have been more poignant if the film were longer. Life should at least give the audience a realization of a life sentence. I mean, seriously, the opening scenes (which move and work very well) before they even get sentenced lasts at least 20 minutes. Iíd be willing to bet that we donít even get a full hourís worth of Eddie and Martin in prison before theyíre plastered in the terrific old-age makeup (look for an Oscar nod next year). Ned Beatty pops up late in the film as an extremely sympathetic warden/governor. He was some state official. Heís so subdued in the film itís as if his experience in Deliverance had taken its toll and he decided to take up home in the south (you know - close to the inbreeders.)Iím joking, I kid the South. Life could have been something special instead of just the pleasant entertainment that it merely is.