Les Mis-A A +A
By Rene Lizada
Thursday, January 31, 2013
SO WE finally got to watch the film. We ended up in Abreeza for the viewing. We were early by just a few minutes so we settled down and looked around a bit. I was half expecting a standing room scenario with all sorts of people raring to make the theater one big karaoke sing along.
Thankfully, neither was the reality. The theater was actually half empty. It was cold and we were a bit hungry but we promised ourselves that we would not allow ourselves to be disturbed when watching the film and eating was defined as disturbance.
So there. But temptation always sets in as was true in this case. In front of us were three people. They were talking quietly waiting for the start. A couple was beside us.
Then a guy from some food joint came in and suddenly the smell of burgers and fries wafted in the air and suddenly we became hungrier. I did not have to look at my half famished wife because I knew what she was thinking. We had the sudden urge to rush out and get some food but a promise is a promise and no fries and burgers could come between that.
So we sat there while the three people in front of us were happily gorging themselves with the fries and the burgers nga! Not to be outdone suddenly the guy beside us went out and when he came back he too had food for his date or wife or girlfriend. Who cares! We were surrounded by food! Luckily the movie started. But it was difficult to concentrate at first because there was eating around us. But somehow we were able to concentrate on the film.
I think I cried three times. The first was Anne Hathaway's I Dreamed a Dream. I have always liked that song and she did not disappoint. Her version was good. The second time I cried was the last scene where Valjean finally dies and then everyone sings Do You Hear The People Sing. That was fun. And the third time I cried was when they were all eating and we were left to starve in the darkness of the cinema.
I was glad we watched the film though. There were a few weak points like someone trying very hard to sing but ends up making a feeble attempt. (Wag na lang kung sino kasi.) For a movie it was okay but I expected more actually. I really wanted to cry within Bring Him Home and Stars. But pfft. That did not happen. I was ready with a wad of tissues pa naman.
But I guess a live performance is always better.
What was funny about the whole experience was the couple beside us. For one they were laughing at the wrong scenes and I was wondering why.
Perhaps of the food? And secondly, right in the middle of the show, they left. Yup, they stood up and simply just walked out. As to why, I have no idea. But I was glad though because their food was really tempting.
When we stepped out, we were really undeniably hungry. Before that we met up with some friends who by the state of their eyes also watched Les Mis. Both of them had teary eyes.
We found a place to eat and Chona and I just talked. Of course we talked about the film and of course we talked about other things. It has really been awhile since Chona and I went on a movie date maybe because we would rather stay at home and watch Korean films and yes The Big Bang Theory series. (That is our favorite comedy now!)
After dinner we went around for awhile and finally our aching feet told us to go home. And when we got home we punked into bed and started watching Sheldon knocking on the door, Penny, Penny, Penny! Ah life!
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 01, 2013.