My Neflix article a couple of days ago came back to haunt me as I went to a movie theater to see “Serenity”. Overall, it’s a good movie. One that’s worth going to the theater for if you want to watch something. It’s funny. It moves. But, it’s not the new Star Wars or Matrix that some people and even critics are making it out to be.
It was the fact it was good, but not absolutely amazing that has kept banging around in my head because I now ask myself, “Was it theater good, or just Netflix good?” This sounds a lot like the “Sponge Worthy” bit that Elaine on Seinfeld got in to, but it’s weird when you’ve suddenly gotten your hands on a system of measure that didn’t really exist before. And this whole Netflix thing has gotten me really shaky about going to see a movie at the theater now.
Will I keep going to see movies on the big screen? Probably. I mean, I’ve seen a lot of things there and seen some great shows in the past. But, then there’s that part of me that says, “Why keep going?” and I like to listen to that part because movies are super expensive these days. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the ticket price get to $10.50 by the end of the year. The way I look at it, if I save money and get a 42″ screen for home, I’ll have something better than the theater. I won’t have the morons there and I’ll be able to pause the film anytime I need to.
I’m obviously in a very crowded boat when it comes to this line of thinking, which is why things seem to be changing rapidly. Such as the fact that Steven Soderberg is trying to release his next films in the theater, to stream over the net, and on DVD at the same time. That will be an interesting thing to observer, especially if the movies are any good. We shall all wait and see, but I will obviously be seeing much more at home than on the wide screen for the forseeable future.