I’m the person dressed in black with the bottle of water and the Smartphone in hand taking pictures to post on Facebook. Really, it’s a lot of fun. Not every movie will make me want to squander hours of my life observing others in their fanaticism but some cultural movements deserve my attention. The first installment of the Hunger Games was well worth my time. Sitting back in the seat with my gal pal, watching teenage girls run amuck with their bows and arrows. The costumes and makeup, the spontaneous cheers, “And may the odds be forever in your favor.” Fun I tell you.
It was with utter disbelief that I read and watched the news stream in from the events in Aurora, Colorado at the opening release of the midnight showing for the “Dark Knight Rises”, the highly anticipated final installment of the Batman trilogy -- a dark and grim landscape, one-step from apocalypse and lawlessness -- by director Christopher Nolan. I’m a huge comic book fan but the Batman trilogy is one of those that I reserve for buy only.
James Holmes, the lone gunman of the massacre that left 12 people dead and injured upwards of fifty, is a brilliant science major. He is now being held in solitary confinement for his own safety. A waste of taxpayer’s money if you ask me. I’m sure he had a motive. I’m sure no one will ever understand it either.
AMC theatres has taken measures to reassure patrons. Fans who wear costumes that might make other customers uncomfortable are going to be asked to leave the theatre, with a full refund. Accessories are going to be closely scrutinized (please take note Hunger Game fans). Masks of any type are prohibited.
*sigh* -- I understand the measures but I just wish that the actions of one man would not ruin the fun of millions. People go to the movies to escape reality. Unfortunately, reality intruded this night and took a terrible toll as its price.