Have you ever gone to a movie theater by yourself? I don’t know about you, but I feel a bit like a loser when I do. Very rarely will I go by myself, but I know what I think when I see some guy show up with his popcorn, sit down at the end of the row, and remain there for two-plus hours with no one to keep him company… I think, “That poor, pathetic bastard.”
And then I go and watch a movie by myself. I typically only do this once a year, when I am so craved to see a movie that I will pay my money when no one else will. Given that it’s early April and I have to choose between crap and more crap, it’s not surprising that none of my friends want to go see anything (and my family never called me back). Still, I’m pretty ashamed to go by myself. Today, I went to the theater to buy a ticket for 21, the gambling movie starring Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth. My plan was to buy the ticket at the machine, quickly hand the ticket to the ticket-tearing dude (while pretending to be on my cell phone as if I were meeting someone inside) and grab a seat near the back. Instead, the credit card machine failed, so I had to go buy a ticket from an actual person. I then got thirsty, so I sidetracked to the concession stand where I bought a small, $4.00 soda (from a young kid who asked me with no sincerity whatsoever whether I would like to purchase a combo, or get more unhealthy liquid for only 50 cents more, and so on and so forth). I did the cell phone bit to get past the ticket taker, but when I got in the theater there were just enough people for it to make more sense for me to sit closer to the screen than farther back.
Everyone is looking at me, thinking, “That poor, sad, lonely bastard.” God, if only I had a girlfriend I’d drag her along to these things (then again, if I had a girlfriend, I wouldn’t be writing this stupid blog post at 8:45pm on a Saturday night).
Anyway, long story short, I watched 21, and it was pretty good. Not great, but pretty good.Â I now have two 21 movie reviews online, one by myself and one by Robert Bell. We pretty much agree, but you can read them both and see who is the better writer (my take is that he is far superior).
In other news, it looks like 21 will win the box office weekend for a second straight week, as Leatherheads got tackled in the end zone and is headed for a third place finish behind Nim’s Island. 21 will make approximately $15 million in its second weekend, and certainly a big win for Sony.