Saturday, January 3, 2009

Why I Have Such a Hard Time Going to the Movies

Has anyone else out there sworn off movies lately? There was a time when I loved going to the movies, but as time has passed I hate it more and more. 2008 proved to be the year that I saw the least amount of movies in theaters since before I could drive. The reason why is simple. People are rude as hell.

When I go to the movies, I go to watch what is on the screen, not talk to friends, not talk on the cell phone, not text people. In the past year or so while going to the movies I have witnessed in the theater: a couple having sex, talking on the cell phone through the whole movie, a fight between two groups of people, the movie stopping and police escorting people out of a theater, and a whole host of other events. Every single time, it was a ridiculous event.

So, Jenn (my wife) and I went to see the Spirit on Friday evening. For a while it looked as though we hit pay dirt and were going to be the only ones in the theater, but that was an illusion because as the movie began people were still filing into the theater while the movie was beginning. For the most part, the talking was at a minimum until several people walked out roughly midway through the film. It was all pretty disruptive, but it was not the worst experience that I have had in the movies lately. 

This caused me to think. Why do people go to the movies at all if they are just going to talk on the phone or to their friends? Couldn't they do that somewhere else? When I was younger the movies were a treat because I could not always afford to go. Maybe people kind of take the movies for granted now. Here's to not going to the movies again probably until the Watchmen comes out in March.

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