No Time to Contemplate

When I go to a movie, I like sit for a moment when it is done. I watch the credits and listen to the music and just enjoy the moment. I notice that not a lot of people do this. I often wonder why. Where are these people rushing off to so quickly?

I often see people leaving the theatre before the film is even over. And I’m not referring to people leaving because they don’t enjoy it. I mean people who leave when they think the film is coming to a conclusion. They think that it is the final scene so they leave. I have seen people do this and laugh when the movie plays for another ten minutes or so. They left without getting the ending. They’ve missed the point.

I can’t understand why people do this. What’s the rush? It’s not like we’re at a huge sporting event and will have to face traffic and spend hours getting home. Most theatres have good parking and access so that you can leave quickly without hassle.

I think people have lost most of their patience. We are always rushing on to the next thing. People jump in their cars and have DVDs playing for them as they go home. We are always being entertained and we don’t stop to contemplate things.

I know that it frustrates me when I go to a film and want to discuss it afterwards and my company just wants to go get a drink. It’s just a movie, they say. They get impatient if I want to watch the credits roll. Whatever happened to slowing down and enjoying the moment? Whatever happened to discussing a work of art? What happened to contemplation?

There are some films have I have seen that just cry to be debated about afterwards. And there are tonnes of people who regularly do this. I just don’t seem to know any of them. And I am not the type of person to go to the message boards to have the discussion. So I’m left in the dark, or the light, because after a movie the lights come on and I’m alone in the theatre. Alone with my thoughts. But I want to share them.

What to do, what to do?

5 responses to “No Time to Contemplate”

  1. I always stay till the very end! Its amazing to see how many people it takes to make a movie and its only two hours long. Whenever I go I love the music and always end up dancing and like you said evryone rushes out, so its just me and my friends in there and we all dance as the place is getting cleaned up for the next show. I always leave talking about the movie, and checking what other movies are coming soon and then making plans to see the next best movie within the next month. We go once a month to see a movie, but in the summer time we go to the drive-inn more and enjoy the movie a long with the wonderful weather! But the BUGS are the most ANNOYING thing!!!

  2. Drive-Ins seem to be an endangered species these days. I love them! I especially like when they run all-nighters and show four movies in a row. It’s a great way to spend a night. I try to go to at least one every summer.

  3. What to do, what to do
    Erm… find more friends?

    I always try to stay till the very end, but most of the time some nasty lady will turn on the lights and look mean at me so I get the idea.

    I rarely go to the movies, and it’s usually for the ones I’m really interested in seeing. So I love the credits, and the songs. Watching the end is like a trip in Charon’s boat, a transition between the world of shadows and the three-dimensional one. I need it to relax, slowly wake up and get out in the real world.

    Those nasty ladies should be ashamed of themselves, cutting into my pleasure/leisure time.

  4. Thanks for the laugh Trisia. “find more friends” 😉

    I agree with you. It’s nice to have that transition between the fantasy world we immerse in and then the reality we are forced to come back to at the end of the film. It’s cool to see that other people feel the same way.

  5. Well I couldn’t very well say “get new friends”…

    I’m somehow convinced that there are many people who adore sticking around a bit more to see the end credits, but they’re in denial.