I saw the following story on my Twitter feed while I was waiting for the movie The Fault in Our Stars to begin. http://n.pr/1l2bB8q When I think I’ve had a rotten week, I shall think of the zookeeper who was shot with a tranquilizer dart meant for a 400 pound gorilla. It was an “escaped animal alert” practice drill at a zoo in Spain that went horribly wrong. The Internet said there was supposed to be a guy in a gorilla suit, but like everything else on the Internet, it was exaggerated and untrue. My shout of laughter made heads turn my way – maybe I shouldn’t be laughing before a movie that I know will be full of tears?
I always forget how loud the volume is inside a movie theater. Are movie theater owners afraid we have all gone stone deaf?
The ads have started. My favorite ad today is the RunPee app, which will let you know when you can leave the theater to use the bathroom without missing crucial bits of the movie’s storyline. http://bit.ly/1icKQ3l Really? This is an app? I haven’t laughed so hard since I read the “zookeeper tranquilizer dart” story. Now everyone in this theater is staring my way.
The best part of this movie is the committed audience, full of people who had read John Green’s book cover to cover. Most came armed with Kleenex, ready for the heart wrenching scenes between teens who have cancer. The talented actors speak their lines convincingly. I’ve never been in such a silent theater, with no one texting or chattering comments to their friends. Nose-blowing and sniffs were the only sounds. The audience hung on every word.
Two warnings – take twice as much Kleenex as you think you might need. The woman sitting next to me forgot to bring any, and I wound up sharing most of my tissues with her. Also, there are at least two episodes of Very Bad Words in this movie. The words probably won’t shock your teens, who probably have heard worse on the schoolbus, but I was surprised they were included in the movie, which has a PG-13 rating.
Verdict: great movie, well worth the price of the ticket. I can’t wait to read the book again, and then watch the movie again. What did you think of it?