As we approach our two-year mark here in Athens, certain activities start to become old hat. For instance, we’ve been out to the movies several times, and I’m well aware of the assigned seating, the relatively small size of their beverages (Last time James bought two Cokes just for himself. Sheesh.), and the location of the VIP lot at The Mall that embassy employees can use for free. But last week I met some girl friends for a Sunday night screening of It, and I discovered something new.
Though, before I get to that, let me first note how incredibly CROWDED the movie theater has suddenly gotten. All summer long James and I could breeze into a movie five minutes before showtime, but now that the weather has gotten colder, all the Greeks are going to the cinema. So when we arrived at 8:00 for the 8:20 movie, it was completely sold out. We had to opt for the 9:00 show, which was in the special Dolby Atmos theater, and cost four Euros more. (Still, only 11 Euros, so I didn’t complain.) I figured the sound might be slightly better or something.
Turns out we were in for a treat! The theater was easily twice as large as any of the other theaters, and the cushy leather seats were way more comfortable. The sound came from all sides of the theater, even from the screen. With all the “gotchas” in the thriller we were seeing, I’d say I was about 80% more likely to pee myself. I mean that in a good way.
This 2017 movie was a fantastic adaptation of one of my favorite Stephen King novels. They focused solely on the kids instead of switching timelines, which I think really helped immerse you in the story. And they moved the setting from the 1950s to the 1980s, which I’m sure resonates with my generation especially. I’m a huge Tim Curry fan (he played the clown in the original TV movie), but this new clown took the fear factor to a whole new level. I love, love, love the young actress they got to play Beverly — she’s my favorite character in the book. I also loved the kid from Stranger Things playing potty-mouth Richie, another of my favorite characters. (Seeing him on the big screen prompted a Stranger Things season one binge that I just finished up. Now I have to wait two long weeks for the season two premiere. The agony!) It’s clear from the ending that there will be a part two set in modern-day Derry with the kids as adults, just as in the novel. The movie is slated to release in 2019. Knowing my husband, we’ll be in some other locale by then, and I’ll have to figure out the whole going-to-the-movies thing in another country. Or we may still be in Greece. Either way, I’ll be there.