But I will say this about the Narnia movie - I liked it very much. I don't understand why no one promoted it... you'd think the Christian bookstores would have had some products or someone would have pushed it or something.
Anyway, here's the real point of this post.
What is with people talking in movie theaters?
Granted, I was highly interested in this film and was looking to get something out of it. While I don't get out to see as many films these days as I'd like to (because you need a small loan from a bank for tickets and snacks), I do try to enjoy it when I can.
The theater was full - it was opening night and I live in West Michigan, home of the Christian Reformed Church. So do the math...
To my left and in front of us were some college kids. They talked during the pre-movie slides... no big deal.
Behind us were some more college kids. They talked before the movie and during the previews, including statements like...
- "That guy makes me laugh... I like Steve Martin and that other guy... what's his name... Gene... Gener... you know, he was in that one movie... it's Gene something... like Gene Hackman but not him... I'm pretty sure it has Gene in it... why can't I think of this guy's name?"
Then the movie started and they were still talking. I don't know about what, because I was trying to listen to the movie. So all I heard was a combination of giggles, questions, comments about the English accents, how "cute" that "little Lucy" girl is every time she smiles, and so on.
Oh yeah... and then about 15 minutes into the film during a tense moment I heard, "EUGENE LEVY! That's that guy's name! Where did I get 'Gene' from?"
As the movie progressed, my wife and I kind of side-glanced each other a few times about the chatter behind us. She even did the head-turn-"I'm-looking-at-you-to-ask-you-to-please-be-quiet-but-now-I-will-turn-my-head-before-we-make-eye-contact-and-this-becomes-awkward"-manuever. That didn't do anything... it just made us waste the action (you can only do so many of these per movie - otherwise you look like you need to visit a chiropractor). As a side note, I think she did two of these, but she said she only did one.
About 2/3 of the way into the movie I started getting REALLY bothered. Again, I won't say anything about the movie plot other than it gets real intense and personal (especially if you're a Christian). As expected, the gang behind us was still chatty.
So I stood up and turned around, leaning over my wife's chair and making perfectly leveled eye-to-eye contact with the girl who had been talking the most. She paused and gave me her attention...
I shared the following statement in a firm-yet-polite tone:
- "Excuse me, but I've listened to you guys talk for most of the movie. I'd like to ask you to stop doing that."
- She looked at me like I had committed a social crime. "Um... okay, sorry."
- "Thanks," I said, sitting down.
Meanwhile, my heart was pumping so fast that I could literally watch my foot (which was crossed over my other leg) bounce up and down. "Settle down, tiger..." I thought to my foot, "you're in the right on this one."
Or was I? We all know that it's awkward to hear people speak through a whole movie... so we do the quick head-turn-move or throw a "shhh..." into the air and see if it sticks.
But if honesty is the best policy AND we're supposed to be grace givers, is it better to just let it happen and not say anything OR should we take a stand (perhaps literally) and call them on to the carpet in a polite-yet-firm way?
What's your spin?