BADA BA BABAA!
Parents of children under ten: HOLD ONTO THEM! Now is not their time, they have not waited like the rest of us, they do not DESERVE a place in the cinema! I have done my waiting: FOURTEEN YEARS OF IT!
… I apologise, but not too profusely as I know many of you feel the same. However, I should also apologise – mostly to myself – for abandoning this “Wee Thoughts” blog of mine. A few friends (thanks mum) have voiced their displeasure with me taking a break, so I figured in order to get back into the swing of reviewing I should begin again with a bang.
And here it is: BADA BA BABAAAA!
Yet, this isn’t just a review of Incredibles 2, but of Glasgow Renfrew Street Cineworld’s ViP experience too!
Ooooh yeah, I’m back, baby.
Firstly, let me explain what the ViP experience is.
Yes, you’ll need to hold onto your super suits for the moment.
ViP can only be found at Cineworld Sheffield or Glasgow Renfrew Street. There you will find cinema suites full of reclining chairs paired nicely with a handy pull-out shelf for snacks. Not only this, but you are welcome to help yourself to a buffet up to 45 minutes before your film, and can take in as many cinema snacks as your stomach can muster. Everything I describe is part of the ticket price (apart from any alcohol you wish to consume) which comes to £29 per viewer, or £19 if you are an Unlimited member (which I am – score!).
You might be wondering: “geez, is it really worth the money?” and to that I’d have to point out; how much are you going to spend on tickets? Then, if you wish to have a drink, some snacks, would you really be spending much more..?
Furthermore, let’s discuss quality/quantity. On Cineworld’s Facebook page you will be able to see the menu for your trip. As someone with 101 dietary restrictions, and becomes stressed because of them, I found this incredibly comforting. Is the food 5-star dining material? Of course not – yet they do offer vegetarian, and even vegan, options. As I said before, I have a few dietary requirements and I was unable to eat many of the options but I am sure if I had contacted Cineworld before dining I would not have ran into this problem.
However, I wasn’t particularly fussed about the “main menu”. No, I was there for the hot dogs.
And, to be honest, I was slightly disappointed. Usually a hotdog from Cineworld is humongous (and let’s not forget expensive) so I usually share a one with my boyfriend. However, on my ViP night, I had been starving myself so I could conquer multiple jumbo dogs in my 2 hour sitting. Yet, it was not fate, as the hotdog was about the size of a child’s serving. I was slightly annoyed until I remembered I could have as many as I liked so, three dogs and a tub of popcorn later, I was sufficiently stuffed. Therefore, maybe the quality is slightly lacking, but the quantity kept my belly happy.
Myself and my other ViP-ers did not venture to the bar (felt a bit odd while entering a PG film) but there was a few fizzy drinks on offer as well as bottled water. If I was being picky I would say there wasn’t a large variety of juice. Coke or Sprite was all to chose from. Everyone in my party was happy with these options but I imagine not everyone would be.
Possibly the most heartbreaking was the fact these was no Tango Ice Blast machine. Maybe this luxury is too expensive for Cineworld to hand out as “unlimited” but it was definitely something both myself and my boyfriend dearly missed.
Now, moving on from food (finally), let’s discuss the cinema itself. I personally found it difficult to get comfortable in the red leather seats – even if they did recline. At one point I found a comfortable position only for my seat to automatically revert into its normal stature. If a person’s weight is removed from the centre of the seat the contraption will fold back to an armchair. I have to admit it was rather distracting to slowly raise back into reality. However, after talking to the other ViP-ers, I seem to be in the minority. Maybe I should just take a pillow next time – or would that be crossing a popcorn covered line?
But, yes, you read that right: “next time.” I do envisage myself going back and I would happily recommend this experience to my fellow cinema lovers.
Now to the main event: BADA DA DADAAAAA!
This long awaited sequel did not disappoint. During the first ten minutes or so I did find myself worrying as all of the “funny moments” were those found in the trailer and, being a Scottish lass, I had seen the trailer many, many, many times while the film slowly made its way over to the UK and these moments were not particularly funny anymore. Thankfully, the film quickly got into the swing of things.
And what a swing back!
I adored the story. Defying gender stereotypes mixed with good-old teamwork and some deeper themes of media dangers. I did find the so-called “twist” incredibly predictable – especially after the first film – but this is a children’s film after all and I am sadly not a child anymore.
But it definitely made me giggle like one, stare opened mouthed like one and even made me jump a few times. It was great to see the characters back in action and we were even treated to a few new ones too. Personally, I did not appreciate the new superheroes that were added to the story but they did give more variation. Plus I would have loved an after-credits scene – even just as a playful poke at Marvel (which, of course, Disney now own too) – but Incredibles 2 was already Pixar’s longest film and even the longest animated film ever made, so, I really can’t be that demanding.
Yet Pixar – yes, I’m addressing you directly! – you missed a massive trick! When the credits fade back to the Disney castle, the Underminer should have burrowed his way out of the ground! How hilarious would that have been?
I do have a degree in Filmmaking and Screenwriting now, by the way, feel free to call me.
Overall, my ViP experience was one to remember and made an extraordinary film even more enjoyable. If you are an avid Disney/Pixar fan like myself then I guarantee you Incredibles 2 was worth the wait.
All FOURTEEN YEARS OF IT.
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