Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Movie Night

It's a rare occasion in this book-heavy family, therefore it is a noteworthy event. Even more so when it's a couples movie night, loudly hailed and encouraged by the kids, who merely expressed their desire to see the same film, but no envy that we went and they didn't.

Miracles do happen. And the kids' enthusiasm at seeing us go somewhere together, for our own selfish pleasure, definitely multiplied our enjoyment.

And enjoyment it was.

We went to see District 9. It was a bit of an odd choice, because usually my husband and I have very, very different tastes in movies. You'd think we'd have very, very similar preferences in reading -- after all, we went to graduate school together and shared more than one course -- but you'd be wrong.

And sci-fi? He's so not into sci-fi, and I'm so not into reality.

But it was good. I'm not going to give any spoilers, but I'm going to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the characters. The special effects were just enough to fit both the story and the filming style, and make it believable, and they were well done (of course, they were thorough and tight, but then it's a Peter Jackson movie, and he's raised the bar on attention to detail).

Good plot, good character development, and the very pleasant sense that the audience is an insider and knows more than the clueless public "out there" in the story world of the movie.

It's a tale told exactly as I want them to be. Exactly as I want to write them.

Guess what. I'm going to get the director's cut when it comes out in DVD. With all the commentaries, of course.