I realized the other day that I have broken the historical Jesus’s record for most consecutive years and months without seeing a movie in a movie theater in my native country. Now I realize that this may seem strange and even hard to believe. I did see movies when I was a child in darkened school gymnasiums, and I did go to the IMAX theater in Science World downtown–where the film was a documentary about beavers. Curiously, on a recent trip there with my son, we saw the same film.
My first movie in a theater was actually Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which I watched in Vienna, Austria, of all places. My second was The Butterfly Effect, which I was taken to in South Korea. That was a very interesting, philosophical movie, but was so nightmarish in certain respects that I do not wish to see it again. I also saw there the final Star Wars prequel movie in South Korea, as well as The King and the Clown, a Korean movie.
My basic problem with movies in theaters is that I have no access to closed captions, and I depend on these for understanding; I realized how much this was true today. Yes: today at 11:30am I gave in and took in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. I’ve never read the books, and don’t think I will, but I have enjoyed all the movies. Since the franchise was ending with this movie, I decided to go see it on the “opening” day. I ended out missing about forty percent of the dialogue, but enjoyed it very much all the same. I’ll enjoy it more when it comes out on DVD–then I can watch it on my 14″ laptop! (I still don’t have a TV.)
By the way, I’ve always loved Snape’s character, and it was nice to see him have more screen time. His death, of course, was heart-breaking. Meanwhile, comic levity was unexpectedly provided by Minerva, who uttered my favourite line of the movie: “I’ve always wanted to use that spell!”