Saturday, February 19, 2011


A “bargain price” is a highly esteemed reason to spend a small amount of money. At least in my world. In The Knight’s world, however, being able to say, “Money is no object!” is even more highly to be esteemed.
An example of this dichotomy played out yesterday. The Knight announced that he wanted to go see a certain newly released movie, “I Am Number Four,” which he’d read a newspaper movie review on just that morning. It’s understandable, of course, that he’d want to see that particular movie because of his being a science fiction fan.
The first thing that popped into my mind, however, was: Newly Released Movie at Matinee Prices [paying full price is totally unacceptable and out of the question], Means Spending $10 to $12 Dollars! … That’s half  the cost of a DVD these days! But then, I don’t approve of buying DVDs either because they are so expensive, especially considering that after I’ve seen a movie once or twice, in most cases I never care to watch it again. On top of that, if I really want to see a certain movie, I can [eventually] get it at the public library for $1.  (Of course, I do prefer the theatre’s huge screen to the TV’s more modest-sized screen.) Naturally, the perfect compromise is to go to the “Dollar Theater” and spend only $3!!
Wisely, I avoided saying any of my thoughts because I knew that The Knight would just say, “I DON’T CARE ABOUT THE MONEY!!!!!”
So, my next task was to see if there was a movie at the Dollar Theater that would be an acceptable substitute for the desired science fiction one at the more expensive theater. But first, I needed some persuasive reasons for rejecting “Number Four” and then some other persuasive reasons for preferring some other movie.

It was too easy. Easier than taking candy from a baby. I read the “Plugged-In” movie review on line of “I Am Number Four” which politely described it as a movie whose target audience was young teens, and how the young male star spent considerable time in the film without his shirt on, and how it was a cross between Twilight and Harry Potter. Enough said (even though much more negative stuff could be said).
As luck would have it, the Dollar Theater was showing “The Chronicles of Narnia, The Dawn Treader.” The Knight has long been a fan of “The Chronicles of Narnia.” I didn’t even have to worry about compiling a list of good reasons for choosing Dawn Treader over Number Four.

Now here is the rest of the inside story: I have NOT been a fan of The Chronicles. Many years ago I read book one of the series, and I didn’t care to read more (even though The Knight thought the series was terrific). I watched some of the BBC serialized versions when they came out because The Knight expected them to be wonderful. I hated them. I watched the previous two movies in the series (because of The Knight), and did not like them enough to watch them again. The first one was too cloying. The second one was completely unappealing to me. I had no desire to see any others in the series. Ever.
So, here I was between a rock and a hard place: choose to go see a second-rate teen movie which I knew I would hate and also spend too much money to do so (which I would hate even more), or choose to go to see a movie I would probably find tedious at best, but spend only a pittance to do so. You can guess which one I chose.
The Knight (bless his acquiescent little heart) accepted my evaluation of Number Four and also accepted the substitute of Dawn Treader. He may have been a little disappointed, but he did not express such. He really loves action films, and “Number Four” would probably have fit that bill. A few times during “Dawn Treader,” I actually feared that he might be falling asleep or was bored.
As for me, this was a case of ‘having-low-expectations-may-occasionally-result-in-being-pleasantly-surprised’! Dawn Treader seemed to me to be a vast improvement over the previous two movies in the series. It was less cloying and more edifying. Edifying with a delicate touch and not a heavy hand. The theme of overcoming evil and temptation, and conquering the darkness within one’s own heart was excellently portrayed. The theme of being forgiven and healed by a Savior also worked. Tears sprang to my eyes as I recognized the truths being portrayed.
So, in the end, I was quite pleased with the bargain. The Knight, in days to come, will undoubtedly pay eight times as much as we paid for the Dollar Theater tickets, to own the DVD.
I can live with that.


Zaphod said...

Actually, there was considerable action in the VDT, especially when one of the characters was turned into a dragon and began breathing on things. C.S. Lewis' books do appeal to me because of what I know about the event that sparked his writing of them. I am afraid that I got a little misty-eyes myself at some of the oblique references which I suppose that many people would not catch. I have found it true in the other two movies as well. That, perhaps is one of the reasons that I have enjoyed all three. The Silver Chair is supposed to be released next year, and the other three by 2014. No one has ever attempted to do The Last Battle, which is for me the best book of the seven, theologically. "Higher Up! And Further In!" I get a little misty-eyed when I think about those last scenes.

Anonymous said...

Awesome! You guys aren't THAT much of opposites. Your brains are pretty similar, they just weave in different directions sometimes. :)

I am glad that VDT turned out to be a good movie. I liked the first two (though I am a die-hard fan of the low budget BBC versions...sentimental value I suppose), and I had heard this one was much better than the first two. Let's just hope that they keep getting better, especially with "The Last Battle" looming. I have to agree with Dad, it is the best of the seven. And I get misty-eyed...but, then again, almost everything gets me misty-eyed these days. :)

Rebecca said...

our kids love the narnia chronicles and have really enjoyed all three movies...

Victor and I viewed I AM NUMBER 4 and really enjoyed it. I would agree that it was a a hybrid of Twilight and Harry Potter - My kids will really enjoy this movie... We look forward to the sequels...

BTW: Dad may be interested to know that they are coming out with another X-men movie.