Ever watched a film and heard the loud guy at the back… and gotten cross at how that loud guy at the back seems to be ruining the experience for you? You’d just wish the guy would just shut up and leave the theater, ‘coz for crying out loud, you’re there to watch the film not listen to him YAK and it’s just a bloody nuisance to have to listen to him YAK especially in the really GOOD part and you just can’t concentrate on the film that you’ve paid good money to enjoy.
Ah, but see, while I can commiserate, I’m afraid I’m the loud guy at the back.
… And usually, I have a loud posse with me. We scream. We yell. We crow. We snicker. We squeal. And when the occasion calls for it, we give a succinct condemnation or critique or backgrounder in half-whispers that assail other folks’ ears. We are public nuisances.
Don’t get me wrong. I turn my cellphone off. I take calls, emergency calls, outside the theater. There have been times when I’ve watched a film near-completely silent, only reacting with startled gasps or laughter at the appropriate moments — although I’m also guilty of laughing at the inappropriate moments. Sometimes discreetly. Sometimes in a laugh-out-loud-roll-in-seat-tears-streaming-get-the-straitjacket-stat manner.
I absolutely love movies. I love public screenings. I love hearing the reactions of other people. I love it when people laugh at the appropriate moments. I also love it when they can’t help but laugh at the inappropriate moments. I find it funny when they don’t quite know their place and it has to be explained to them. If I get bothered enough, I’d say a quick ssh, but usually, I let bygones be bygones. Because I tend to enjoy the moment and let others do the same. The cell, yeah, if it has nothing to do with the movie, please take it outside. Everything else: fair game.
Today, we watched Rurouni Kenshin, the “live action” movie of the animated classic. And we were simply blown away.
I’m a huge fan of the series. It’s been more than 10 years since it stopped being shown in local television, but this was the quintessential anime series for me and my pals. We’ve seen (and acquired most, if not all) the series episodes and the OAVs, and heard (or bought) the soundtracks. We’ve seen it in both the Eng dub and the Eng sub/Jap dub. Heck, we’ve probably seen it in Tag dub too. Some of us did the manga route. None of us did the game route I believe. We’ll be hard put to recall some of the details — but give us a bit of time and we will probably smack our heads and go: “I’ve got it!” Some of us are the kind of fangirls who wrote fanfic about RK (self included, handle of tomiaru, in my misspent youth). Some of us have cosplayed it too (my friend was the original Yumi Komagata when cosplaying started in this part of the world). We’re plenty obsessed — but probably not as obsessed as you, true.
Nevertheless, we have looked forward to this movie for so long, that we may have gotten a tad too excited when it finally came out (despite the slight delay). So excited, that apparently, one person in front of us got ticked off and felt compelled to say — at the end of the movie — that we were “inconsiderate” for being such a rowdy bunch.
My friend apologized. I was too far to catch the byplay, so I didn’t get to do what I wanted to do, which was to say, with my best wide-eyed-innocent-stare, “But wasn’t the movie fabulous? We enjoyed it! We just loved it! Didn’t you love it?”
Give us a break, guv.
We don’t talk because we’re know-it-alls. We don’t think we know more than you do — in fact, it took me a while to recall that Tomoe Yukishiro’s fiance’s name was Kiyosato (and damn it, I had to Google his first name of Akira), and I was mistaken that he was part of the Shinsengumi (he was with the Mimawarigumi). So purists will probably crucify me for that. (Smacking self in the head now and blushing profusely.)
We don’t bust our sides laughing like hyenas because we want to intrude into your space either. We just simply can’t help it. We really can’t. We’re exuberant, but not deliberately rude.
And to be honest, everyone else was laughing along with us, talking over us, reacting to the movie the same as we were. Were we the loudest? We were the nearest. Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive the girl who commented on Kaoru: “Kamukha niya si Kathryn Bernardo (She looks like Kathryn Bernardo, a Filipino TV soap star, and it’s a valid comparison methinks). Or the guy who said, “That was my favorite line, ‘I’m a vegetarian!'” two scenes after said line was uttered. (We agree.) And the fangirls in front who (along with us) squealed when Saito Hajime did his Gatotsu Isshiki stance. (Perfectly executed!) We all clapped and cheered.
Honestly, it’s expected. The only place you can expect to control your environment is your own living room with your awesome entertainment equipment.
So, many pardons for the outbursts that compelled a post-movie outburst.
But gawd, we had so much fun! (And we’ll probably do it again. Soon.)