Back to the movies: 後 14 月, it felt strange - but good - to be in a theater

Fourteen months after last stepping foot in a movie theater, it felt goodif not quite aChewie, we’re home” 一瞬 — to be back. Yet even based on a sparsely attended screening there was a sense we might all need a refresher course in consuming entertainment outside the comfort of our homes.

The movie in question wasA Quiet Place Part II,” インクルード long-delayed sequel to the horror movie directed by John Krasinski and starring his wife, Emily Blunt. A review will come later, but for now it suffices to say that if I suddenly die, at least the last film I saw in public won’t have been the Vin Diesel less-than-classic Bloodshot.
確かに, if you’ve spent the last year-plus conspicuously avoiding being in a confined indoor space for hours with lots of strangers, even fully vaccinated that prospect can feel disconcerting. 同様に, little personal tics during the movielike the tendency to touch one’s facehave a different meaning then they did way back in first-quarter 2020. (California still mandates masks in theaters, an extra level of protection.)
    After a few minutes, でも, those considerations faded awaythanks in part to the movie’s opening sequence, which helpfully was one of the strongest in the film. While the outside world wasn’t completely forgotten, in terms of getting drawn into the story, it was good enough.
      Horror and comedy remain among the genres that most benefits from a communal environment and audience reactions. The tension and immersive sensation are heightened by sitting in the dark, without any of the at-home distractions that can dilute those sensations and pull you back into reality.
        Does that mean dramas will suffer, more than they already have, as studios and exhibitors try to lure people back to theaters? Probably. If you’re the least bit squeamish about attending a movie in a not-fully-vaccinated world, odds are you’ll wait for something that, visually speaking, really warrants a big-screen experience.
        Even without the benefits of a big crowd, there were some of the old familiar cues. Uncomfortable laughter during a surprising moment. A (小さな) smattering of applause. And someone running out in the middle of the screening, a reminder that, for the first time in a long while, there were other people you don’t live with sharing in the experience.
          The past year, でも, has likely been a breeding ground for bad habits, at least for those of us who tend to be persnickety about some of the behavior that can detract from theater going.
          People have spent an expanded stretch talking, asking questions and pausing or rewinding when they’ve missed something during movies. Unlearning thatperhaps especially among children, but many adults do the samemight take some time.
            幸せに, the screening ofA Quiet Place,” attending by media folk without guests, spaced out literally (and maybe figuratively), stayed quiet throughout.
            The characters in the movie, as those who saw the original will recall, walk gingerly in an effort to avoid alerting monsters to their presence. If nothing else, that felt strangely appropriate, since it’s likely going to take a series of baby steps to get us back to anything resembling the old normal.

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