Caught a matinee of LOTR: Return of the King on Saturday. It was a damn good film and a lot more faithful to the book than the last one.
Our viewing was only marred by a couple of teenagers
on a date seated directly behind us. Three and a half hours of "That's
just retarded" and "Oh, that's disgusting." In fact, I think the girl
half of the dating couple said "Oh, that's disgusting" no less than
fifty times during the course of the film. And their ongoing commentary
was of a nature that could only aspire to the heights of wit and
observational skill of the great critic team of Beavis and Butthead.
The only time they ever shut up was toward the end of
the movie, when all the disgusting stuff had ended and the girl was too
busy crying at the sad bits to say anything. The guy, of course, had no
idea what to do about his girlfriend crying so he shut up too.
The incident made me realize something, though. I
almost hate to say it, but I think I've now become one of those old
people who used to turn around and stare at me and my friends whenever
we got talkative during a movie. What's more, I now understand we were
in the wrong then and those whippershapping, drugstore soda-fountain
drinking punks behind us were wrong Saturday, by gum!