I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday. We had a wonderfully low key day at our house. We long ago started what we consider a tradition on the holidays of going to the movies. So hubby and I went to see The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. We both thought it was a great movie. Neither of us had read the book so I have no clue how closely it followed the book but I can tell you that if you haven’t read the book you can still make sense of the movie.
Here’s a link for a trailer to the movie (it goes to the movie’s website): http://www.dragontattoo.com/site/ When it loads click on the little icon in the middle of the top of the screen and choose trailer or you can also watch the teaser there too.
It was rather fast paced I thought because it is apparently almost 3 hours long and we had no idea how long it was and when we left the theatre it didn’t seem like we’d been in there for over three hours. It started at 11:10 and we didn’t get out until almost 2:30. Nothing is worse than a long movie that DRAGS…. This one definitely didn’t drag.
Lots of action but also lots of nudity and sexual situations and violence and profanity so I definitely would NOT take a young teen or child to see it. I don’t even know what it is rated but I’m sure it’s probably R.
When our kids were little we would sometimes see two or three movies on Thanksgiving and Christmas. If we saw 3 we’d let them decide on 2 and we’d pick one. Funny thing but as they got older the opposite of what I thought would happen, happened. I would think for the most part that when kids are little they have shorter attention spans but no, not ours. As they got older their attention span got shorter. Or maybe just their penchant for spending all day in a movie theater with their parents waned. And as we got older it seemed harder and harder to sit through two movies as our backs would really start hurting by about 1/3 of the way through the second movie.
When they were really young we didn’t really have a good theater in our town so we had to pack up the kids and drive about 30 minutes to the nearest multiplex that had like 6 or 8 screens. Now we have probably 4 or 5 10+ screen multiplexes within a half hours drive.
We had it down to a science of which movie would let out about the time the next one we wanted to see started and we’d go from one theatre to the other. And yes, we paid for each movie unlike some people we knew who would buy one ticket and then sneak into the other movies. My conscience wouldn’t let me do that.
Back then, the theater that we went to had free refills on soda and popcorn if you bought the large size so we’d definitely get out money’s worth in refills. You also didn’t have to take out a second mortgage to pay for the tickets and concessions. And back then there were a lot more “matinee” hours. Now you’re lucky if the theater has ONE showing that’s considered matinee. Seriously the ticket prices are insane nowadays! Hubby and I went to an IMAX 3D film a couple of months back and it was like $50 for 2 tickets and that wasn’t EVEN counting in popcorn and soda!
After our all day movie binges, if the kids weren’t filled up on soda and popcorn, we’d go to the only place that was usually open to eat…Waffle House…or as my friend calls it “The Benihana for poor people”. Once or twice we actually found a Chinese restaurant open and ate there. It was a big tradition for us.
The theaters would mostly be empty. You might see a couple more families or couples there but that was it. This Christmas? We went to the very first showing (like 11:00 AM) and the parking lot had a TON of cars already and it’s an 18 screen multiplex and by the time the movie started our movie was about half full! I guess other people decided that by lunch time they are sick of family time and wanted to go see a movie? I’m not sure but I was shocked at how many people were there.
Afterwards we got to go to one our most favorite places to eat, Blue Agave’. I had seen on Facebook that they were going to be open and we were surprised at how many people were there, too. By the time our movie ended it was about 2:30 and the restaurant was probably about half full before we left. I did get to have a small margarita which I missed last week when I had to go spend the night in the hospital! We were home by about 4 p.m. and I’m almost embarrassed to say we put on our pajamas and watched TV in bed almost the rest of the evening! Hubby said we were turning into my parents! I guess there are worse things that could happen!