Wow, I never thought it would happen. I went to a Friday night movie at the theatre formerly known as the Paramount… and there were actually No. People. Talking.
Of course, it had to do with the film. Michael Clayton doesn’t exactly scream rowdy crowds. It’s a legal thriller, light on the thrills, with a plot, and pace, that warrants attention. But still…
No talking? No silly ringtones?
This is the same theatre – Paramount 3 - where a group of idiots sat in front of the projection booth one night during one of the Harry Potter movies and, hand in front of the image, pretended to be picking Hermione’s nose during the screening. Haha. Hoho. (They were eventually booted out; we protested enough.)
It’s not like the theatre was empty. I’d say it was about 2/3 full. I think it was an adult date movie. Lots of couples, probably many of the women there to see ol’ George prove that he can act as well as be smokin’ hot.
And to be fair, this was a weak opening weekend. There were ropes set up outside the Paramount 2 screenings of We Own The Night, which was appropriate. (Not, however, for Elizabeth: The Golden Age, which for some insane reason, was opening at the Paramount 1. Who plans these things?)
Don’t get me wrong. Given the right movie – a comedy, a horror film – audience reaction is key. It’s part of the experience.
But idle chitchat, loud “What’d he say?”s and comments like “I just don’t like Ben Stiller” are the things that are keeping people from frequenting the multiplexes.
Changing the subject... I’ve seen it online, but I still haven’t seen the trailer for The Golden Compass on a big screen. I can’t wait.
And how about Tyler Perry. His slick African-American comedy Why Did We Get Married? opens as the #1 box office film in North America over the weekend. See: http://boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/
Curious to see what the Canadian numbers are like. The film wasn't even playing in downtown Toronto.