I made yet another rare appearance at an honest-to-god movie theater along with The Woman and a couple of friends. What film could possibly drag me into such overpriced entertainment again? Why The Simpsons Movie, of course. And the verdict? Holy crap, they pulled it off. I laughed almost nonstop for most of the movie. It had the feel of a great episode from the late nineties, rather than the crap we’re used to these days. But beyond that, it had the feel of a real movie – not just a couple episodes crammed together. If there was anything to be disappointed by, it would be not enough screen time for some of the supporting characters – at least they were all there.
And while I don’t agree with Dave Winer’s take on the movie, I have to agree with his sentiment on the movie going experience overall. Once I can afford to setup a true HD home theater system, how likely am I to bother with paying for a substandard movie theater experience? Last night wasn’t too bad, but the emptiness of the showing helped a great deal. I’ve had too many experiences with obnoxious audiences to fall for the idea that seeing it with a large crowd was a positive.