The problems with going to the movies at Chadstone on a Friday night are:
- There is no parking on the “entertainment precinct” side of the centre at 8pm on a Friday. Well that is, there are plenty of parking spaces, but every one of them is taken.
- There are, of course, no buses running. Oh, except one, but only every hour, and it goes nowhere near my house. Useless.
- You can park around the other side of the centre with no problems, but after you come out of the movie may find they’ve shut the corridors out to that side, so you have to walk all the way around the centre in the (thankfully not heavy on Friday night) rain.
- Hoyts seem to love Billy Joel, and had his greatest hits playing not only in the toilets, but also in the cinema before the movie. Maybe it was a cunning plan to get rid of the amorous couple in the back row after the previous movie had finished.
- The screen in cinema 3 needs cleaning or something. It had shimmery stuff on screen visible in bright scenes, making a mockery of the pro-Cinema “it’s the only way to see movies” advertising.
But enough whinging. The venue was by mutual agreement anyway. The purpose of the venture was to meet up with friends and see the third Harry Potter movie, Prisoner of Azbakan. Rated PG, though it almost rated an M before the appeal. I can’t see how it deserved an M. Yes it was a tad darker than the first two, but there was no gore, no blood, no sex, and not even Malfoy saying “fuck you, Potter!” No, it was really not much more adult than the first two.
Plenty of humour. Minimal Quidditch, thank goodness — it was exciting the first time, okay the second. To see it all a third time would have been tedious. The right bits of the plot were plucked out of the book, and made it quite exciting, including the bit at the end (I won’t give it away) which was quite clever. Although some observers have said “oh the Dementors, sucking out souls, how scary!” But I think most kids wouldn’t have a big problem with it.
Just like with the second movie last year, I was trying to remember who the guy playing Mr Weasley was, before remembering later in the film (Petersen, in Red Dwarf). Emma Thompson was very funny, as was Lenny Henry (both of these I didn’t realise until later who they were played by).
All in all, very enjoyable.