I went to see a movie with a friend from work today, and it was the most unique movie-going experience I’ve ever had. Jenny found a budget theater called the Dynasty, and it was amazingly close to my house. We met up after work and found a little place to have dinner that I’m definitely going back to, and showed up a few minutes late to the show.
Sucker Punch was the first movie, and let me tell you, that movie is not improved by missing the first few minutes. Honestly, it’s probably only improved by not watching, but we had paid our 100元 and were set on having a good time. I’m not sure how dark the palette of the film was in its original release, but it was probably not as dark and muffled as the print we saw. However, something about the utter sleaziness of the movie and the squalor of the theater combined to make a perfect experience for my first legal double feature.
Because this theater doesn’t “clean out” between screenings (Jenny and I couldn’t think of the best way to translate this because neither of us has enough experience with sketchy second-run theaters), we finished Sucker Punch, horrified and in dire need of cheering up and just scooted into better seats to await the next movie. It turned out to be an animated animal movie that put me in mind of Shark Tale: a lot of names and not a lot else. It was formulaic but still funny, and much needed after the bizarre yet intriguing mess that was the first movie.
I want to try this theater again: it’s so convenient and atmospheric! Perhaps too atmospheric, though: now I feel all itchy. I hope it’s just the heat…