Okay, so I knew that Star Trek 11 was coming out ... eventually. I didn't know it was this weekend, though. I had put off looking it up or finding anything else out because, well, I'm not sure. Some of the shine had worn off, possibly. Additionally, it's hard to go to the movies with Shoryl because we never know what's going to be a problem for her. For that matter, directors seem to like to put in creepy guaranteed-to-give-me-nightmares critters wherever they can, so even the most benign movie contains some risk for me. (For instance, I knew there was going to be a problem with Return of the King. I'd read the book - the big evil critter was not going to surprise me. But that scene in Fellowship of the Ring where they're hiding from the Black Riders and there's a spider on one of the hobbits? What was up with that? Completely unnecessary.)
I think the lack of interest the new Star Trek movie is generating in me is not so much a product of the movie itself, but of the theatre. Movie theatres are generally noisy, sticky, cramped, and dark. It's just not the environment I would choose for a quality evening. While the theatre still holds some undeniable appeal - the best popcorn in the known universe; crowd zeitgeist; an environment free of distractions and lamp glare - it's just not, at this stage, where I want to spend my $16.00. I'd rather spend my $7.00 on renting it from Netflix, and just let it go at that. Make myself some popcorn, curl up in a comfy chair, maybe (maybe) turn the lights off ... it's all good. Besides, boring movies at home can be turned off and returned. And if I just must watch it the whole way through (or at least have it running that long), well. Let's just say that my chairs at home are much more conducive to your traditional "back row" theatre entertainments than movie theatre chairs, m'kay?
Does this qualify me for my official "cranky and old" membership card, or do I need to complain about malls, too?
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