I don’t go to the movies much. In between working my day job and the bookstore, keeping up household chores, exercise, and writing, there’s not a lot of time left. However, on three-day holiday weekends, 2Fs and I have made a habit of venturing out for a least one summer blockbuster. Last night, we decided to check out Star Trek into Darkness.
The first challenge is to decide what time and which theater. We raised the level of difficulty by adding dinner to the scenario.
““It’s showing at 7:05 p.m. at Midtown Landmark,” I said.
““That won’t give me enough time to close up the bookstore and get home,” Jeff said.
““There’s an 8:20 p.m. at Phipps AMC.”
““If we go to that one, there won’t be anywhere to eat by the time the movie’s over. What else?”
““We could drive to Alabama and cross over into Central Standard Time and then we could make the 7:05 p.m. in Midtown.”
““Ha, ha,” 2F’s said. “I see a 9:00 p.m. in Midtown. We can grab dinner before hand. How about Eats?”
“I was really craving a cheeseburger,” I said. “Where can we get a cheeseburger in Midtown?”
We decided to climb into my Miata since it was such a gorgeous day. As we neared Piedmont Park, though, we ran into traffic for the Atlanta Jazz Festival, which we had forgotten about. Finding a 9:30 p.m. movie at Atlantic Station, I drove down side streets to cut over to Peachtree, only to be redirected by policemen several times. “It should not be this difficult to go see a movie,” I said.
At Atlantic Station, we encountered another surprise at the Regal Theater. “When did tickets go up to 12 dollars?” I asked. “Is it in 3-D.”
““No, just the regular 2-D version,” 2F’s said. “Do you want to see it in 3-D? Or the IMAX experience?”
““What’s the difference between 3-D and the IMAX experience?”
““Um …” Jeff looked at the sign. “Well, the IMAX experience costs more than 3-D; beyond that, I don’t know.”
I’m not a big fan of 3-D. There are few movies I’ve seen in 3-D that didn’t seem hokey, because they included ostentatious scenes that weren’t essential to the story to showcase the technology. However, I will admit that Hugo and Life of Pi did utilize 3-D in a way that made those movies more enjoyable without calling attention to itself. Still, I keep waiting to see an advertisement for something ludicrous, like Kramer vs. Kramer being re-released in 3-D.
After scoring a burger nearby, 2F’s and I entered the theater with time to spare. He was nonplussed that most of the theater was already full, with the exception of the first three rows. “What about the middle of the third row?” I asked.
““That’s so close,” he said. “I still have flashbacks to when we saw Spider-Man on the front row whenever I see Toby McGuire; I’m haunted by his six-foot wide nostrils.”
Just then, someone called Jeff’s name. Some of his friends from church were seated further back and had two seats beside them. They saved the day!
I’ve heard people complain of people checking their e-mail on their SmartPhones or talking on their phone while in the movie, but I’ve never had that problem. I was bothered, though, that our armrests didn’t have a cup holder. Jeff reminded me I didn’t have a drink, and I had to explain I could enjoy the movie more if I knew a cup holder was there, just in case I got thirsty later.
Then the lights went down and the movie started. Star Trek into Darkness was fun. Benedict Cumberbatch did a great job as the villain, although I did expect to see Martin Freeman, his co-star from the BBC’s Sherlock, pop up to banter with him. Terrorism seems to be the theme of most blockbusters this year, and Star Trek into Darkness is not exception.
We waited for all the credits to finish to see if a blooper might pop up. We decided it would be fun if the crew of the Enterprise stopped off for a drink at the cantina from Star Wars and ran into Robert Downy Jr. in his Ironman costume. Sadly, Star Trek into Darkness only offers the traditional credits.
As we walked out, I said to Jeff, “Man, the crew of Enterprise had more costume changes in this film than a Diana Ross concert. Did we learn anything else?”
“No tribbles were harmed in the making of this movie,” he said.