Monday, March 28, 2011
You Realize That Has Subtitles...
I caught this movie again on the Independent Film Channel the other day. It reminded me of when John and I saw it in the theater.
We showed up and bought our tickets in-person. But, we were surprised/confused by the odd conversation we had at ticket counter.
Me: Two for Pan's Labyrinth.
Clerk: You realize that has subtitles.
Me: Oh, I didn't realize that.
Clerk: ...blink... blink... You know subtitles means it's not in English.
Clerk: You're going to have to read it.
Me: Uh, huh.
Clerk: I'm supposed to tell you that.
Me: Um... Ok..
Clerk: So what movie do you want to see.
Me: Ah, two for Pan's Labyrinth.
It wasn't until we were walking in that it dawned on me, people had probably seen two sentences of subtitles and stormed out demanding their money back. That's a shame on so many levels, not the least of which is this movie is awesome. It was one of the best movies of 2006 (it had 6 Oscar noms) and it's definitely on my top ten list.
For the close minded folks who never gave it a chance, I don't feel too bad. But I can't help wondering if the attitude that the movie wasn't worth "reading" turned away any viewers who would have been just as wowed as I was.