I finally got around to seeing Avengers this weekend. That I waited this long is a failure of epic proportions, I know. And of course, it was amazing! My mom even enjoyed it, and she hasn’t seen any of the earlier movies starring these characters.
But the great thing was that even at a late afternoon showing four weekends after its opening, the theater was full. And that makes any movie proportionally better in my estimation. I don’t go to the movies very often in part because of this effect.
When you see a movie with a full audience, all your reactions to the film are amplified by the visceral and vocal reactions of every other person in that theater with you. So a line that might have produced a smile in the comfort of your own home becomes an actual laugh when everyone around you finds joy in the same line at the same time.
And for a movie such as Avengers that has such a following, certain things felt amplified for me because of the audiences that had seen it before, the blogs and tumblrs I follow quoting lines and gifs of their favorite parts, which allowed me to pay particular attention to them and appreciate them that much more.
Now, there is a conversation that could be had here about the effects of “spoilers” on enjoyment, but let’s not get into that now.
Thus, for me, seeing a movie with a group of other people as invested in the movie as myself is the ideal viewing mode for any movie, which is why if I do see a movie in theaters, I generally attend a midnight showing whenever possible. On the flipside, however, if I’m watching a movie with people who simply don’t care or appreciate the film in front of us as much as I do, my enjoyment of that movie is also proportionally lessened. It’s quite the catch-22.
So the next time you go to the movies, check out the audience around you and try to tap into their energy. It’s fun! And go see Avengers!