A little over a week ago we went out to see a movie. We don't go to the movies all that often, and it usually happens on the event of a birthday or anniversary of some sort. It takes a bit of planning to make a movie night happen, we need to arrange if one of Wyatt's brothers will be home to keep an eye on him. If that option isn't available, we look to granny. Generally, we like to include a meal at a restaurant that doesn't have a drive through window. Plus, the drive to the city takes about an hour so more often than not, we end up stopping to pick up a few things that we can only get in the city.
Our luck at the movies hasn't been all that good lately. When we went in last year to see the last Pirates movie, we bought the tickets for the show, then went to get something to eat, as we had a few hours before the show started. We ended up getting back just before the show started and had to sit in the front row. We left with muscle spasms in our necks and headaches from watching a 3D movie from 10 feet away from the screen.
This time, we decided to pay extra for the AVX. Apparently it gives you a better movie experience. We went that way because it also lets you choose your seats. We chose back row, center. We got there early and had plenty of time. Went out to a nice restaurant and had mojitto's with our meal. Everything was going to plan. Except, that is, the choice of movie. The only one available for the time we needed it to be in the AVX was Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance.
Now, i'm pretty willing to give any comic book movie a chance. I'm pretty forgiving with movies that don't completely follow the story line from the book it comes from. I'm there to have fun, not to judge. But this movie was terrible. I didn't mind the first Ghost Rider at all. It had Nicholas Cage, Ghost Ridering the shit out of the bad guys. Plus, Sam Elliot, a custom built chopper for the bike, it had a good story line, Peter Fonda as the devil, sexy Eva Mendes, decent CGI, and it was pretty fun to watch.
The only thing the same from the original was Nicholas Cage, and his acting was terrible. Everyone's was. The storyline was weak. The Ghost Rider bike was a Yamaha V-Max with CGI flamed added into it, and the CGI Ghost Rider wasn't nearly as cool as in the first movie. You know the acting is bad when the CGI character out-acts the living actors. The whole movie was shot in someplace like Yugoslavia, or someplace that i imagine Yugoslavia looking like. The scenery all seemed drab and grey, and the highways were all deserted and looked like no one had lived there in years. All that and the only scene that could have made use of the 3D, had the Ghost Rider peeing flames off the back of a truck away from the audience while he looks back and nods at the crowd. I think it might have been a little cooler to have him pee 3D flames out over the audience?
The movie was a bit of a let down. I wouldn't recommend paying a lot to see it. Maybe on DVD? We ended up having a good meal and the company was good, so that made up for it some. I hate to admit this, but i probably would have had a better time watching the chick flick. Maybe next time.
.............when we were younger, we picked a movie and watched it as soon as we got there and had supper after. I think we changed from that because we got old and didn't want to be driving home late on an full stomach. I'm finding it pretty hard to beat a DVD on the couch in my pyjamas with popcorn these days.