For any of you that know me personally, you know I love movies, especially going to the movies ... and luckily, my significant other does too. And one of the things I have always loved about the summer is all the "blockbuster" movies that are released at that time of year. Nothing better to get in out of the heat (or in the case of Rochester, the humidity) and see the latest Hollywood offering on the big screen. But I am starting to wonder, now that the summer is over, was it really worth it? With the cost of movies skyrocketing (at one movie recently it cost us $13.75 *each* just for the ticket), is it really worth going to see the latest "blockbuster" in the theater? For the two of us, it is usually a $30-$35 activity ... compared to either $1 for a Redbox movie or $2 for one at Blockbuster, plus some great $1 candy options from Wegmans which is well under $10 even if we shop hungry for the candy. I am starting to think that for most of the offerings from Hollywood these days, the answer is no. [Granted, it is not usually my money we are spending, but that is beside the point - it is still not worth the money.] Many of the movies we have seen this summer have scored in the 4-7 out of 10 range. I think I can learn to wait the 3-6 months and see it on DVD. Just in case you are wondering, here are some of the movies we saw in theaters this summer (several at the midnight showing opening day - yeah, I am a glutton for punishment as I still get up at the same time the next day).
  • Iron Man 2 (worth seeing in theater)
  • Shrek Forever After 3D (not worth 3D, should have waited for DVD)
  • Prince of Persia (worth seeing in theater)
  • Karate Kid (could have waited for DVD)
  • Despicable Me 2D (wish we had seen in theater in 3D instead)
  • Sex in The City 2 (definitely should have been DVD)
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclispe (could have waited for DVD but this had special significance to see in theater)
  • The Last Airbender (disappointment overall, not 100% sure even worth DVD)
  • Inception IMAX (IMAX was unnecessary but worth seeing in theater)
With a few exceptions (that we both really want to see opening night at midnight), we will probably start waiting and getting feedback from friends on which movies are "theater-worthy" ... a friend of mine suggested this recently: "Always thought [this is] the best way to review a movie - is it worth evening price, matinée price, DVD rental, catch it on cable or skip it entirely." Thanks, Arthur (@acatalanello), I think I might start using that! What do you think? Is Hollywood producing movies worth seeing in the theaters?