I managed to squeeze in two trips to the movie theater this week. On Friday afternoon I saw Hercules. (Save your money on this one.) My real purpose on Friday was to check out a restored downtown theater in Princeton, Kentucky. This is the closest theater to my lake home, a 25 minute drive.
The theater experience for Hercules was reasonable for the ticket price. They also served very good popcorn cooked in coconut oil (the healthiest fat in my opinion) with real butter poured over it.
I am glad that the theater has been preserved, including the neon sign configuration on the outside. On Saturday mornings they show free kids movies. Remember the days of Saturday movie matinees with cartoons?
Today I went with two friends to see Boyhood. This should be on your watch list. This movie shows us the growth and development of a boy from age 6 through age 18, including his various family members. The critics love it.
What is fascinating about Boyhood is that it took 12 years to make because the same actors continued to play the movie characters as they age through the years.
The acting is terrific. I particularly liked Ellar Coltrane who played the 6-18 year old son and his Dad, Ethan Hawke. I laughed and became emotional – sometimes simultaneously – at various parts of the movie. If you open yourself up to the experience, I’ll bet that some of what you see and hear will resonate with your own childhood and/or your growth as parents.
Boyhood will probably not be released in your local megaplex. If you have an “art house” theater in your area, look for it there. Don’t drink a lot before the movie – it’s a long one!