Last Friday afternoon I went along to the movies to catch up with The Ides of March. It's always a good time to go to the movies due to the dearth of horrible movie patrons who would seemingly rather do anything but watch the movie they paid money to see. As I took my seat in walked two nice old ladies who proceeded to sit down behind me. They discussed the delicious lunch they'd just devoured (one had a caeser salad, the other a focaccia) and as the trailers began to play they continued to provide a chucklesome running commentary.
On J. Edgar:
"Oh that Clint Eastwood always makes good movies, don't you think?"
"Oh yes. Judi Dench! She's fabulous."
On The Descendants:
"Another one with George Clooney? It looks like a good one."
"Who is that young girl?"
"I don't know."
On Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy:
"Hmmm. I like British movies."
"Oh I thought it was out soon. That's very disappointing."
On War Horse:
"It's about a horse."
On the "summer school holidays" ad that plays at Village:
"Do you think the kiddies would like The Muppets?"
"Doesn't everybody like the muppets?"
Amen to that!
They thankfully quietened down throughout the actual film, although one did gasp and whisper "Gotcha!" during one of Ides' concluding scenes. I can't say I agree with the ladies' thoughts on J Edgar, which looks interminable, but sit through it I shall, I suppose, at some stage. I'll consider it a success if it's better than Hereafter. Oh Hereafter, you are so very, very shit. Upon leaving the theatre the two ladies discussed the movie - I walked considerably slower than I normally would just so I could continue to eavesdrop - and it turns out they both enjoyed it. They were particularly fond of the "young guy" (I'm assuming they mean Gosling), but who isn't? As they walked past a big foyer standee for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, one of the ladies made the rather true observation that "I don't know who Rooney Mara is, but she is gorgeous!" Piercings and all. As I walked out of the cinema, I happened to spot Shannon "Bazura Project" Marinko who was waiting to go in and see... The Ides of March. Small world.