Asking me to pick a favorite hobby is like asking me to pick a favorite child. It depends on the day of the week and if I’ve gotten any correspondence from teachers or administrators recently. So attempting to rank where film is on the “things that Richard loves” list, specifically a prime theater experience, can also fluctuate depending on certain conditions. But regardless, film is always at the top or very near top for me. Even with all the ability in the world to outfit your home with a theater like setup using the best technology available in an ability to simulate the theater experience, nothing for me can replace going to see a movie in the cinema.
Of course we can have a discussion about the pitfalls that can be encountered when going to the movies, but that’s a discussion for another time.
Today, I sat in an oversized electric recliner, in a theater half full with other moviegoers and felt that same tingle I got the first time I went to the movies (for the record, 1977, Lubbock TX, Star Wars), as the lights dimmed and the Paramount logo came up on screen.
Before that however, the films writer and director, John Krasinski, had a short heartfelt message, thanking everyone for returning the theater to see his latest film.
There are just certain films that are made to be seen in a large format theater. A Quiet Place Part II was one of those films. Once again, Mr. Krasinski’s use of sound in the sequel to his very popular and well received original from 2018 is superb. I imagine if I had watched this at home, there would be things that wouldn’t have the same impact as they did from seeing it in a theater.
A little short of 2 hours after it began, the movie was over and we left to head home. As to the film itself, John Krasinski once again shows that he understands how to craft a well written, paced and acted thriller, and knows how to use detail and nuance to create tension with tight and subtly framed shots. He has quickly moved up my list of my favorite storytellers working in film today. I look forward to seeing what he does next.
Variety and other sources are reporting that A Quiet Place Part II has already done $48 million since opening in over 3200 screens across North America. It’s on track for close to $60 million after the holiday weekend ends on Monday.
This is huge for theater owners and a big sign that people are ready to start returning to the movies. I have friends that could care less if theaters live or die after a return to normal. I myself would feel like a piece of myself is missing if we no longer movie theaters.
So as you look to resume activities that you did pre-Pandemic, maybe look at returning the movies as well (if that was ever your thing to begin with).
I for one can’t wait to go back again.
As always, leave a comment with your thoughts. Until next time, LLAP!