neither reserved sold out seats nor the threat of a 0.5” of freezing rain and 50mph winds could keep us from getting to see star wars: the force awakens in imax and 3D!
the kids loved the movie and the adults love the movie! totally worth seeing again. pretty iconic experience overall. i’m thinking if your an 11 year old ( or older! ) the character rey in particular is going to stick with you for a long time.
my initial sense is that it’s probably better than “a new hope” and “return of the jedi” and on par with “the empire strikes back”. that said, i agree with pretty much every point in in this kottke.org summary of thoughts ( warning: spoilers! ), especially points 6 and 8.
oh, how many times have i seen national lampoon’s vacation? enough that hundreds of quotes from the movie are lodged in my brain and able to be recalled at will in realtime.
i haven’t read the book ( yet! ) but was very aware of the scientific accuracy ( except the most crucial part of the opening scene! ) in it and had a hunch it might be perfect movie for odin who is really developing an interest in the geek dad review, i was convinced odin could handle the movie so we went today AND HOLY COW IT WAS AWESOME! odin was completely engaged the entire time, not just in the thrills but in the science. british physicist brian cox sure nailed it in the when he said, “The Martian is the best advert for a career in engineering I’ve ever seen.”
who knows maybe someday odin will look back and remember the movie as seminal event in his interest in science, technology, engineering and math. and if not, he’ll always have a fun memory of a great movie.
having said all that, i do think the movie poster sells the film short.
we learned last year that when you have the chance to watch treehouse movie you really should take it because the chances go by fast what with crazy schedules, inclement weather and summer zooming right along. so tonight we watched big hero 6, with odin some buddies and their parents. and yes, we had homemade popcorn and movie theater candy because IT’S IN THE TREEHOUSE MOVIE THEATER RULE BOOK!
what a sweet, sweet movie. A++. highly recommended whether or not you have a treehouse deck and an 11 foot movie screen
i mean, really, there’s to much to say about “guardians of the galaxy” on an 11 foot movie screen 15 feet up in the air with odin and his cousins and family ( and candy and popcorn ) . completely iconic summer experience. A++ would ( and will ) do again. i think guardians is now my favorite treehouse theater movie, eclipsing “the incredibles”.
it occurred to me that i never got around to doing a proper review of the projector. and i may never it’s a little hard to tell from the picture which was shot with an aging DSLR at high ISO but the picture quality when projecting HDMI is awesome, even when blown up to 11 foot diagonal. suffice to say after a year, we’re really satisfied with digital galaxy dg-737 dreamland HDMI projector. and it’s now $156 which is $20 cheaper than when i bought it and nearly 50% off list price! the cyber acoustics speakers have fallen in price too and are now $33. so for about $200 ( plus the cost of building the screen ) you too can have your own backyard theater ( even if it’s not up in a tree )! highly recommended.
solid summer entertainment – hanging out on a 14’x16’ foot deck 15 feet in the air with odin, his cousin and his buddies and their parents ( it’s hard to tell but there are 10 of us on the deck ) watching E.T. on an 11 foot movie screen. still pretty much can’t believe it’s a thing that can happen.
people sometimes good naturedly ( i think ) rib me about why it’s taking so long to build the treehouse that’s supposed to go on the deck and this is a big part of the reason. it’s a ton of fun to sit up in the trees with friends and family and watch a movie and eat popcorn and candy
memories that will last a lifetime. some of which will probably be THE SUPER OVER THE TOP SPIELBERG HEARTSTRING YANKING MEMORIES!
at a secret, undisclosed location in ”the green mile” when i should be sleeping.