I love going to the movies, and even more so when it’s Gold Class – that wonderful movie experience where you lay back and relax in a comfortable recliner, share the room with only 38 other moviegoers, and have your pre-ordered food and drinks delivered throughout the movie at the time you specified when placing your order.
It is the ultimate luxury cinema experience and not just because of the wall to wall screens either. There’s the crystal clear sound that can at times vibrate right through your chest and not another moviegoer sitting near enough to kick the back of your seat.
With two Gold Class tickets fast approaching their expiration date (thanx to a birthday present from our youngest daughter this time last year), Dean and I took ourselves off to Gold Class to watch the latest installation from the Jurassic Park franchise.
We’ve seen every other Jurassic Park movie on the big screen, so why not this latest one also.
This is not a movie review of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom but I will issue a ‘spoiler alert’ because I am going to share a little of the opening scene. It’s what happened as the movie began that was the best movie experience I’ve ever had.
The lights have gone off inside the theatre, the movie’s opening credits have completed and it’s dark, really dark. We’re transported to the island of Isla Nublar where it’s (obviously) night time and it’s raining. As a technician frantically tries to contact a team of underwater divers, we know T-Rex is coming. I’ll call him/her Rex for short, but that’s neither here nor there – REX IS COMING!
The audience knows Rex is coming. Everyone else in the scene knows Rex is coming but the technician doesn’t know Rex is coming. The leaves of the jungle foliage are moving, the ground is shaking (ok, the camera shakes), we hear Rex screaming in the background over the roar of thunder and the sound of the torrential rain as well as the frantic screams of co-workers trying to get the technician to leave what he’s doing and rush to where they are aboard a helicopter. “Come on! Come ON!” The helicopter’s rotor is screaming, the helicopter is lifting off the ground, and the technician is still trying to contact that other team.
My heart rate increases with each passing moment and I hold my breath as the technician continues to try and contact the divers and yells back that he can’t contact them (or can’t hear what his co-workers are yelling at him), and all the while Rex is getting closer, and CLOSER. Panic starts to emerge, their panic, my panic.
I want to yell out, “REX IS COMING!” and “GET TO THE CHOPPER!” (Oops – wrong movie.)
In the back of my mind, I’m thinking, “This guy is toast!” I’ve seen this all before, but that doesn’t stop my every nerve tingling on edge as I allow myself to become emersed in the scene. It doesn’t stop my breathing from increasing either – once I stopped holding my breath that is – and it does nothing to prevent my heart rate from continuing to rocket skyward.
The anticipation of what’s going to happen is palpable.
And finally Rex appears, breaking through the last of the jungle foliage and screaming at the technician, and right then and there, at that precise moment, out the corner of my eye something moved towards me and spoke and I screamed like a little girl at full volume and top note until my lungs were empty.
I’ll say that again, something moved towards me and spoke, so I SCREAMED LIKE A LITTLE GIRL!
That poor usher. I gave her such a fright I’m amazed she didn’t throw my coffee all over me and I’m thinking, “Dinosaurs. Arrrrr!!!”
Dean laughed (giggled almost) and I could hear the gentleman behind me laughing over the top of Rex screaming.
Being surrounded by movie characters and scenery in 3D is one thing. Having someone physical, a real person, appear out of nowhere and speak to you during a scene’s crescendo is something else entirely.
I thoroughly recommend having 4D effects included in every movie theatre.
Best movie experience ever.