It's very hot and as I said in an earlier post, while the tenants of our rental property are enjoying the benefits of a brand new air conditioning unit, we are not. I have a fan. So to beat the heat, in spite of fatigue from a stressful week and a very full weekend, I went to the movies with Bob to sit in a cool building with comfortable seats.
I had wanted to see "World World Z" because it looked like a fun alien film, ala "Independence Day" from years ago - with action, humor, a slew of heroes, and an appropriate amount of suspense. Naturally, Brad Pitt was a draw as well.
This was not that movie.
You should know that I have some sort of issue with the muscle under my left shoulder blade. This is turn is causing tension and achiness in my left bicep and ultimately, my fingers. Its sort of a "knee-bone's-connected-to-the-leg-bone" kind of phenomenon. And really is starts with my neck and I am working like mad to remember to relax my shoulders and willfully release my muscles from a general flexed state.
This movie was counter-productive to that goal.
I cannot tell you much about this film. Apart from a scene where Brad Pitt is making pancakes for his kids, there is little about this film that gives you a break. And because that scene comes in the very beginning of the movie, I didn't really need a break yet.
This movie was like "Jurassic Park" meets Michael Jackson's "Thriller" (without the cool choreography).
Mostly, my eyes were closed but I peeked often enough to see that the CGI was pretty good. Too good. One scene made me fairly nauseous. Early on, I leaned in to Bob and said "I may not make it through this movie. If not I'll just go sit outside". But in thinking it though, the record heat today made this option nearly as terrifying.
I used be able to sit through a suspenseful movie or TV show with the best of them but I have noticed a gradual inability to cope. My internal "Anxi-o-Meter" starts going ding-ding-ding-ding-ding at the first hint that a restful, peaceful scene is about to be corrupted by an unexpected, sudden entrance of evil. It doesn't matter that I know it is coming - when it does I nearly pee my pants.
So I just counted my Raisinets, looked at my fingernails, the seat in front of me, Bob, the ceiling, and in all that free time, I realized that the reason we could endure the suspenseful and frightening in films at a younger age was that we didn't have the filter that now keeps us from ruining the experience for those around us. We were free to scream back at the screen, warn the hero, carry on, and not give a whit about the old guy sitting in front of us. And I think if I had been able to scream at the Israeli people safe behind the walls (for those of you who have seen it, you know) to stop their singing and shut the hell up, I might have been able to watch the scene unfold. I understand it was pretty spectacular - as zombie acts go. I did get a glimpse of a female zombie in a shredded pink dress gyrate and take off toward the action to get her share of human flesh. I will say too that there was one line in the movie I loved: "Mother Nature is a serial killer". Great line. But as a hypochondriac, I will no doubt play it over and over again in my head - everytime I feel the need to see a doctor.
So at the end of the film, I walked away with muscle spasms in my arms and neck and it hurts to type this. But I am safe now, at home. And Bob is on the roof with the hose.
And maybe that's what we should have done in the first place.