I am really looking forward to seeing Suicide Squad in the cinema later this week. It will, I am sure, be as intellectually stimulating as eating ice cream and with probably the same amount of artistic value. Having said that, there was this one girl I once knew who could actually turn eating an ice cream into an art form. Eating anything actually, especially fruit, but I digress. Back to the movie...
Spending as much time as I do in Spain, it is a huge treat to simply go to the cinema and watch a film in English on the big screen. Obviously I can download them (legally of course!) and watch them on TV or but a blu-ray but it just is not the same, no matter how good the home cinema system or how plush the armchair. Nothing is quite the same as sitting back and waiting for the immersive experience in the dark with other people. That sounds like I am talking about something else, actually, but you get the point I am sure.
|Movie stars are better digital|
In the ten years that I have been spending so much time here in Spain, as well as travelling the world, it has become easier and easier to find movies in original language wherever you are. That is largely down to the advances in digital screening of movies in the cinema. It used to be expensive and awkward to produce extra prints of a film in different languages, but now it is simplicity itself to simply load different versions into the same data supply.
And it also means that if a film is more or less successful in a cinema the owners and management can cancel or add screening times at a moments notice, which gives them a lot more confidence in taking on movies less commercially obvious than Suicide Squad or Jason Bourne. That means that films such as Eagle Eye can be shown at local Spanish (or Brazilian, German, French) cinemas for an English speaking audience without the cinema laying out big sums of money that they might never recoup.
Which is great for we travellers who either lack the language skills to follow an entire film in our second or third language, or just do not want to go to all the effort of doing so!