Our family loves movies; the youngest two members just don’t know it yet. Since they can barely sit through 15 minutes of The Koala Brothers or Bob The Builder, we don’t get out to the theatre much. But thanks to a great friend who loves to babysit, we finally got to have a dinner-and-a-movie date.
Most English movies in Germany are dubbed, which is basically German actors recording the lines in their language and then playing that instead of the original language track. It’s pretty horrendous. I much prefer subtitles.
Lucky for us, we picked The Kings Speech which theatres here have seen fit to show in the original language (albeit with German subtitles!). Must have something to do with that Oscar or two…
Our city has a big American-style movie multi-plex, but it didn’t happen to have any English films playing yesterday. So, we went instead to a smaller one. No stadium seating. It’s a bummer when a short mama gets used to that.
In fact, oddly enough, the seats actually sloped downward so you felt like you were leaning back the whole time to watch the film. No matter though; we were two of the six people in attendance for the showing (and the only ones under the age of 60!).
The theatre opens 20 minutes before the first film of the day (that’s us). It’s a one man show, with a single dude issuing tickets, selling drinks and candy, and serving popcorn. The popcorn in Germany is made with sugar, not butter, and no salt. So yeah, we brought our own homemade kettle corn.
Since we had our pick of seats, we took our time choosing. In our search, we discovered couple seats! Finally – no more pesky armrests in between the hubs and wifey.
Before the show, they played commercials. Political ones! And then came the previews, dubbed. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
The movie was marvelous, but you’d be hard pressed to figure out of that was solely because the film was indeed Oscar-worthy or if it was just due to the exciting nature of seeing a film without children. I think the last movie we saw in theatres was Avatar. Ooooh, that was ‘long time ‘go.
I have only been to the movies outside of the US one other time: Moscow, Pirates of the Caribbean, 2003. Another amazing experience. If you live overseas or have seen a movie in another country, please leave a comment and let us know what it is like!