Last night I went to see the War of the Worlds movie at the planetarium. Yeah, you read that right. Our local planetarium is doing a series of classic science fiction movies shown on the dome, and last night was George Pal’s ‘War of the Worlds’.
This is a beloved film from my childhood. I caught this one all the time on the Sunday Morning scary movie matinee. I thought the Martian death machines were cool, the martians were cool, and I even found it scary in some parts. My wife had never seen it, didn’t even know the story, so we went so I could edumacate her.
I freely admit that the movie is dated and cheesy. The lead scientist is a hoot, as is the obligatory screaming woman. There’s some kind of dated and therefore funny stuff involving atomic weapons. So yeah, it’s kind of unintentionally humorous as points.
However, this is not a call for would-be Crows and Servos to start injecting their own humor into it. As we’re watching the movie, this guy behind us starts in with his “hilarious” jokes. Out loud. He’s fucking MSTing ‘War of the Worlds’. I kind of turn to give him a glare, but he’s oblivious. After about three more jokes, we ask him politely if he’d mind not doing it, at which point we’re declared as “no fun”.
Jesus Christ, people - and geeks especially - have you forgotten how to watch a goddamn movie? I can’t tell you how many times on MBs I’ve seen the same thing, “Oh, we saw that movie last night and it sucked, but we had a great time MSTing it! The peopel around us thought we were hilarious!!” No they didn’t. I guarantee someone around you thought you were a fucking unfunny, inconsiderate dickhead, especially if that someone was me. At what point do you decide, fuck, this movie is so bad, I’m gonna liven it up for these folks, since they clearly came for my rapier wit and not to watch a movie?
Here it is, folks, in a nutshell:
DO NOT FUCKING TALK OUT LOUD DURING THE MOVIE.
Is that clear and concise enough? I don’t care if you’re so funny circus clowns and wacky chimps come shooting out of your genitals. I don’t care if you fart zany calliope music. Shut your goddam cakehole and let people watch the frickin movie. They didn’t come to see you. If you think the movie is bad, then leave, but don’t decide to spice it up for other people.
For those still not up to speed, yeah, I could watch WotW on DVD, but this was a chance to see it on the big screen - a huge screen, in fact, which is cool because it’s a fucking WAR of the WORLDS and thus can benefit from a large screen. This was my wife’s first time seeing it and my first time seeing it on such a screen. And I got Jolly McWacky sitting behind me cracking stupid ass jokes out loud to make the experience better.
Make your wacky comments all you want when you’re at home with your stupid friends, I don’t care. But when other people have paid for the movie, put a fucking cork in it.