Okay, so Maribou and I have carved out 4 hours this afternoon to see Arrival (which I looked at last week) and we’re looking forward to it.
Now, as far as I can tell, it’s not exactly a “date movie” per se, but the date movies of people married for a handful of years are different from the date movies of people just beginning to feel each other out.
I mean, mostly, Maribou and I have learned that we are most likely better off finding two movies that we want to see that end at more or less the same time, drive to the theater, she can watch her historical costume drama, I can watch my Quentin Tarantino movie featuring Tom Cruise, Jason Statham, and Mel Gibson and we can meet up after the movie and go get ice cream. “Did you like your movie?” “Yeah! Did you like yours?” “Yeah!”
Best way to do it because, hey, she sees the movie that she most wants to see and I see the movie that I most want to see and then we get ice cream and marinate in the good feelings of having watched a really good flick.
When it comes to seeing a movie together, though, that can be a tightrope. Granted, I’m a bit more picky than she is when it comes to an afternoon’s entertainment… but picky in the wrong direction. As such, for us to see a good date movie together, we have to agree on the stuff in the Venn Diagram where there is overlap. Going by the last few dates, it seems that the Venn Diagram contains stuff like “Interstellar”, “Mad Max: Fury Road”, “Star Wars”, and “Inside Out”. (Holy cow, honey… have we really not seen a movie in the theater this year? I guess it’s easier to just get the Blu-ray and sit on the couch and we’ve still got Person of Interest Season 5 and Babylon 5 Season 4 and…)
Anyway, looking at the overlap, it seems that some sort of speculative sci-fi seems to be the sweet spot when it comes to the best way for us to actually get up, get dressed, and go outside even though it’s our day off.
Which brings me to: what’s the date movie formula that works for you?
(Featured Image is “Edison’s Telephonoscope” by George du Maurier from Punch Almanack for 1879)