I haven’t reviewed a movie on my blog in awhile – mostly because movie-watching was a favorite summer activity this year, so I saw too many to mention. I don’t think I’m going to start reviewing them now, but today’s experience at the movie theater (saw The Informant! with Matt Damon) is worthy of mentioning. Not for the movie itself – it seemed to be an interesting enough plot line, but I couldn’t follow the entire trail of corporate deception and greed, so I dozed a little. And I wasn’t the only one. The guy two rows behind us began snoring very loudly in the middle of the movie! It was distracting, and he began by breathing heavily, so first we were worried about him (seeing a man drop dead at a Chinese buffet will make you a little paranoid). But then he started the snoring, so we knew he was ok; but then it became obnoxious. So we tolerated that for the rest of the movie, and then he woke up during the last scene with a loud “BURP!”. Well.
We go to the movies almost every week and I’ve never heard someone so full of rude noises, including teenagers! I feel badly for the guy, but mostly, I just want to know why he paid $6.50 to take a nap – the movie theater seats aren’t that comfy! As for my dozing, it wasn’t really a nap, and I was (mostly) entertained during two hours of The Informant. I don’t know that I would recommend it – if you like to unravel these kinds of movies, then go for it. But I sometimes find myself zoning out, and by the time I’m back to the movie, something has happened or there are two many characters who look alike for me to be able to follow the plot, as both were the cases here. I did find Damon’s character, Mark Whitacre, quite entertaining, as was the narrative style of the movie. It kind of reminded me of a Coen brothers movie – you know, greed gets the best of people, a plot to gain money unravels, and people get killed, except The Informant was decidedly less violent – rated R only for language, in fact. An entertaining two hours for some, but apparently not for all!