Last night, we took the whole Family to see a double feature of Planes and Pacific Rim at the Sunset Drive-in in Shinnston, West Virginia.
This was the first time that we had been both to this particular drive-in and to one that has made the digital conversion. I’m guessing that expense is the reason why this place only had one screen….
I was very curious to see what the difference is between the old analog picture and a digital one at a drive-in. The difference is HUGE. It’s the difference between watching a decent TV from across your living room and watching video on a scoreboard from the upper deck at a sporting arena. You still SEE both, but wow, is one better than the other.
On to the movies!
First up was Planes, and this was the most generic movie that Pixar has ever made. It’s like they took the entire story of Cars and tried to “just make it the opposite so it’s different”. What if the blue collar plane wants to be a racer? What if the lovable sidekick isn’t Mater-ish, but is very intelligent? The movie did hold the Boys’ attention though, so we will probably own this one at some point.
Pacific Rim. My Wife and I have seen this movie twice now. Both times at drive-ins. I really, really like this one. I’ve read a lot of the criticisms after seeing it the first time, and I do agree with most of them. (Clunky dialogue, too little character development, predictability, umm, “remembering” things at convenient times when it could have been handy long before then…)
That being said, none of those things bothered me enough to effect my enjoyment of the movie. I could have done with another half hour of exposition, but that’s me and I guess they felt that was too long of a movie for most people. I love that the kaiju aren’t fully in view at all times. I love the concept of the two-pilot jaegars. I really LOVE this cast from top to bottom. (Although, I’m not sure where the “bottom” is here. If you’re talking screen time, it may be Ron Perlman. That’s one hell of a bottom…)
We’ve seen this movie twice. That in itself should be telling. And if it wasn’t the end of summer, we would probably see it again. Maybe in a “real” movie theater this time. But probably not. Drive-ins are too much fun.