Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Last Exorcism

About the theater experience:

Marc and I went to see The Last Exorcism last night. (It was funny, but not all that scary.) We are not big horror fans--we chose to see it because it was playing at the fancy theater. Tickets are $22 each, but you get free popcorn, valet parking, and a reserved sofa or a really big comfy chair. Since they serve alcohol, you have to be at least 21 to get in. It's usually a very mellow affair, but last night's crowd was a bit rowdy.

When the show started, one couple was having a noisy conversation that had nothing to do with the movie. When an old guy shushed them, one of the talkers replied, "you white people are so retarded." The old guy said, "What did you say to me?" The old guy's wife wisely told everyone to knock it off and watch the movie. So everyone did. Until the end when there was some booing. One person started cursing and complaining about the movie before it was even over. The main complaint was the ending. It was abrupt and it came about too soon. (When you pay $22 for a ticket, you want to get at least 2 hours worth of entertainment.)

About the movie:

The Last Exorcism is a fake documentary about a Louisiana preacher who earns extra cash doing fake exorcisms. The acting is excellent. I predict that Caleb Landry Jones will win some "Best Supporting Actor" awards. (Until I looked him up on IMDb, I would have sworn that he was a real local, not an actor.)

As I mentioned earlier, the movie is more funny than scary. Since it's short and the ending is disappointing, I would not recommend seeing it for full price. Try to catch a bargain matinee or wait for the DVD.

If you want to see a really good movie about a Louisiana preacher, check out The Apostle. It stars Robert Duvall, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Bob Thornton (he's an idiot, but a pretty good actor), and June Carter Cash. My cousin Nicholas Anderson has a part in it, too!

Nicholas Anderson