I was planning on posting something for each day, but got distracted yesterday, in addition to not really doing anything of any note yesterday. We had planned on visiting Hyang’s friend and having their son come over to spend the night with us, but that fell through when she had some guests unexpectedly visit them. Other than that, we mostly just stayed home, taking care of various chores.
Today was a little better. We went out and finally watched a movie with all of the children. I say finally, because Joel has got to be the most anti-movie boy on the planet. He always objects to any suggestion that we go watch a movie. This time was no different, but we had an ace up our sleeve, as we could hold Chuck-E-Cheese hostage for him unless he agreed to go to the movie. Serene has been asking us for so long to go to the movies that I knew we had to go to at least once during the vacation before they had to go back to school.
So, having a look over all the movies available to us, the only one that was running in a regular theater we felt comfortable with was Princess and the Frog, and Hyang just didn’t feel the magic when I showed her the previews. But after having a look at the dollar theaters, which usually show older movies, we came across Astroboy:
Hyang proclaimed, “Atom!” immediately upon seeing the trailer, having discovered her childhood hero reborn in the movie. That pretty much decided it for me, but I showed the children as well and they all seemed to like it too, even Joel (although he still didn’t want to go to the movies to see it).
I had never seen the earlier version of Astroboy, so I didn’t know what to expect, but it wasn’t too bad. The plot devices were a little hamfisted, but I think even that works good when your target audience is younger children and perhaps adults who reminisce on childhood memories of watching the original.
Actually, even what little dramatic tension this story telling offered was too much for our poor Joel. Hyang, who sat next to him in the theater, told me that he cried several times during the movie. And at the climatic scene, where we are supposed to be in fear that Astroboy will recover from his cataclysmic battle with his archnemesis, Joel told Hyang a couple of times that he couldn’t handle it and needed to leave the movie. Hyang made him stay, but when the lights came back on, it was pretty clear to me that he had been crying. What a sensitive soul our Joel is.
Afterwards, we did a couple of more chores and then let the kids go shopping to spend their New Years money they got for bowing to Hyang and I on New Years morning. Serene settled on a couple of coin operated machines at the movie theater and some sidewalk chalk, Holy picked out a large rubber ball and a play microphone, and Joel purchased a gyro operated racecar. You can see the photos, as well as any subsequent photos I take while on vacation here:
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