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We Saw Wall-E This Weekend

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, I had promised our son that we would go see Wall-E when it came out in the theater. On Saturday, he was so excited he was almost bouncing off of the walls.

We were a little concerned about the possibility of the show selling out because it is opening weekend and because the movie was getting such great reviews. So we planned on getting there 1/2 hour early, which was when the previous show was getting out. We only saw a few people leaving from the main entrance. The rest must have left through the other exits, I thought.

We went in as soon as they let us in and found a seat. I couldn’t help but notice that there weren’t many people there. The previews started rolling and the attendance didn’t change all that much. I’d guess that the theater was probably less than 1/10th of capacity.

I couldn’t help but wonder if the economy had something to do with it. I have seen people lined up down the street for this theater years ago. But not this time. Who knows? Maybe everyone decided to do something else or maybe they don’t like the theater. After all, the projection was a little off and the sound was way too “hot” (yeah, I’m a pretty picky movie watcher when it comes to the total experience).

Anyways, my son was happy to see the movie and even got a little Wall-E promo watch with his ticket. Mom and Dad were happy to see the movie, too, because it was really good. I didn’t think I would cry, but the softie in me let it out when, well…I can’t say because I don’t want to spoil anything πŸ˜›

We are looking forward to when it comes out on DVD so we can see it again and pick up on the things that we didn’t catch the first time when we saw it. Cars (also by Pixar) was the first movie we saw in a theater with our son and we didn’t really like it in the theater. Since renting it, we love that movie. There was so much that we didn’t pick up on the first time around. Wall-E, well, we really liked it in the theater so we will probably really love it once we view it at home.


13 Comments

  • Reply Sherri |

    Awww I want to see it! We never get to see movies because our dog has really severe separation anxiety and can’t be left alone. (He’s broken windows, fences, etc trying to get out.) Time to call up a dog sitter!

    Glad you had a fun night!

  • Reply Kim L. |

    I’m glad you enjoyed it! We went and saw it this weekend too and our theatre was packed! We did get there a little early but still had to take just so-so seats. It really was a cute movie.

  • Reply Mrs. Accountability |

    I never watched a movie twice in my life until my son with Down Syndrome. He loves watching movies over and over so naturally I ended up seeing movies more than once and realized I always missed things the first time around. So now if I like a movie I make a point to watch it at least twice.

    @Sherri – have you heard of Cesar Milan The Dog Whisperer? I’m sure he’s had an episode on training dogs with separation anxiety.

  • Reply Sherri |

    @ Mrs. Accountability — I hadn’t heard of him. I just went to the website and didn’t see separation anxiety listed under “issues and behavior problems,” but I’ll keep looking to see if he did any episodes on it. We’ve done a lot of behavior training, but I’m sure there is something we haven’t tried. Thanks so much for the tip!

  • Reply Jim ~ mydebtblog.com |

    I don’t think I’ll see Wall-E. Can’t wait for The Dark Knight to come out though.

  • Reply Tricia |

    Although Mom and Dad would love to see The Dark Knight in the theater, we’ll wait for DVD to see it. I don’t think the theaters around us could do that movie justice. It looks like a really good action film.

  • Reply Renee |

    I saw Wall-E, too! Only 5 people were in the theatre, but it was a 10pm showing in a small-ish town, so I’m not sure what I expected.

    I bet the 2nd weekend will be sold out, since everyone that saw it will tell their friends how great it was! Wow, like art…

    But yeah, movies are so pricey these days – tickets have gone up $2 in the last 18 months or so here, ugh.

  • Reply Renee |

    @Sherri & @Mrs. Accountability – I concur, check out the Dog Whisperer, Sherri! Books and videos are available, but if you want to check out the TV show first, it’s on the National Geographic channel.

  • Reply Renee |

    It’s already achieved the #6 movie of all time on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0910970/

    Ratings usually settle lower after the first weekend, but I bet Wall-E will stay in the top 10 movies of all time. Seriously, see it.

    I think the message of the movie is really aimed at adults, but a 6-year-old in the showing I was in had ‘bug eyes & jaw on the floor’ and was enthralled the whole time, so it seems it’s appealing to all ages! I agree with Tricia that it pulls out your soft side with its ability to convey emotion – be prepared to smile, laugh, and cry πŸ™‚

  • Reply Michael |

    We saw Get Smart & it wasn’t that crowded either. I think people are getting tired of spending a lot of money on movies that just plain suck. Hollywood’s track record is pretty bad.

    We usually just wait until they come out on DVD so the financial gamble is low.

  • Reply CanadianKate |

    We saw Wall-E in a relatively packed theatre, 7:30 on Saturday. I don’t know if they turned anyone away but when we left, there were only 3 people lined up for the 10 p.m. show, whereas there had been 100 lined up for our showing.

    As for the empty theatres compared to when we were younger… I grew up in a city with about 8 theatres, each with one screen and at most 4 showings a day. There were that many screens in the one theatre that I went to and each movie was showing at least 6 times a day. So logically each individual viewing will likely have fewer attendees even if a film is very popular.

    I’m not sure if I liked the movie but it sure sparked my thought process.

    I’m appalled that at a movie with the major theme of the earth becoming un-inhabitable due to wanton consumption, the producers would think handing out plastic toy watches would not be seen as blatant hypocrisy.

    And fully programmable Wall-E toys are coming this summer.

    So I give the movie’s producers a failing grade for their environmentalism. They are more than willing to talk the talk but are incapable of setting a great example and walking the walk.

    I will NOT be buying the DVD because I refuse to further reward their hypocrisy.

  • Reply Tricia |

    CanadianKate – very interesting point about the watches. I thought it was neat, mostly because we don’t have any watches around and it’s useful to us. But upon inspection, I do see that you cannot replace the batteries.

    Perhaps the promo department didn’t see the movie before coming up with that promotion.

So, what do you think ?