IMAX rules and it may, just may, save the theater going experience. Let’s face it, paying $10 to go see a movie is decently economical. But having to drive, park, wait in line, pay $6 for a snack, $4 for a drink, oh and the inconvenience of not being able to go to the bathroom without missing part of it… these factors are usually outweighed by the option of buying a movie for $15. That’s right, since the DVD came out, I’ve progressively seen less movies every year. In 2005 we went to the movies 5 times, last year a total of 4.
My wife and I went to what will likely be our last movie for a while (baby coming NEXT MONTH). We saw “A Night at the Museum”, the subject of which used to be a re-occurring dream, literally a nighttime sleeping dream, of mine between the ages of 8 and 11. I remember it quite vividly. I would go to the Museum of Science in Boston on a field trip, fall asleep, and wake up at night. And yes, all the exhibits would come alive.
So I was delighted when I first saw the trailer. Understanding the appeal was geared towards kids, I hoped for a Shrek-like wittiness to it. My wife and I were delighted with the movie, but not nearly as much as the experience of seeing it in IMAX. Everything about the experience in IMAX is “bigger”. The chairs are more comfortable, it’s a true stadium experience, the sound blows you away, and the picture quality is unparralled.
Like I said, I’ve never been to a feature length IMAX movie before, so I hope to see more exciting movies being transferred and released in this format. One thing to note; I’ve never heard a movie audience oooh and ahhh at the “green ratings screen”. In IMAX, you’ll awe at everything.