I’ve been going to the movies a lot lately. I enjoy watching movies on the big screen. I don’t enjoy paying 15 dollars to do so. Also, I’m very critical of movies and of any story telling form of entertainment. I have spoiled many a friend’s movie enjoyment by pointing out something that didn’t make sense.
FRIEND: You’re right why didn’t he just tell her that her father was there?! Damn it, Dwayne! Now I can’t like the movie anymore.
Writing a movie is hard and I really don’t mean to be a hater. There is a solution to my madness though. It’s called the 3 dollar movie theater. There are two such theaters close to me in Los Angeles. Paying 3 dollars really calms the critic beast in me. All of a sudden I don’t mind if the hero’s been shooting for 20 minutes without reloading. I’m perfectly okay with no one noticing that the bad guy is in disguise and his disguise is literally a pair of black rimmed glasses. The 2 minute bomb countdown that takes a half hour becomes acceptable.
I’m not sure how $15 dollar movie theaters can still exist when you can wait a month and see the same movie for 3 dollars. Wait 2 years and see it for free on TBS but that’s another story. If we waited in droves for the 3 dollar movie, either the 15 dollars guys would have to come down or maybe the 3 dollar guys would go up in price but we’d find a fair level.
You wait 3 years to watch the entire season of a show you like in one sitting. Why not wait three weeks to see a movie and get refreshments all for less than just the movie would’ve cost three weeks earlier?
I want to restate that my reasons are two fold. Obviously the savings but also to lower expectations.
DWAYNE: What did I think of that movie? You want my 15 dollar review or my 3 dollar review? For 15 dollars it’s a big thumbs down. For 3 dollars it’s a must see….a tour de force!
You get what you pay for but sometimes…“that’s what you get for paying.”
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