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 that — perhaps especially among children, but many adults do the same — might take some time.
幸せに, the screening of “A 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