Is movie watching an anti-social activity? I’ve always found it weird and anti-social to watch movies alone, even though it’s kind of true that people don’t talk much during the show.
But yesterday, in an act of defiance and procrastination from work, I walked into the cinema solo. Surprisingly, it wasn’t difficult picking a movie. Saw Daniel Bob’s update on facebook earlier and just went with it. I’ve never heard of the movie prior to this, but a quick google search rated it as one of Thailand’s hottest movies atm.
To be honest, it felt very awkward going to the counter to buy a single ticket. Even more so when I had to make my way to the centre seat, surrounded by people from all sides. Do people really watch movies alone? My feet moved quickly as I slumped onto the seat, pulling my cap down at the same time. No one probably noticed. A few insecure mins on the handphone later, the lights dimmed and the movie began.
Thankfully, Pee Mak was a pretty good movie and I found myself engrossed pretty early on. A brilliant mixture of comedy, horror and romance, I literally found myself feeling the chills, laughing and going “Awwwwww” throughout the movie.
When it finally ended, I stood up and walked away silently.
If you were to ask me if I will do this again? Yeah why not. Other than the initial first-timer jitters, it felt pretty normal. Watching a film seems to be a pretty personal experience cause (unless you are that annoying smart alec in the cinema) our thoughts and interpretations are all different, and the best way to enjoy it is to immerse yourself completely in it.
After all, movie watching is an anti-social activity.