Now before anyone thinks I am “being negative”, I would like to say that I am not making criticisms, these are merely observations that are open for discussion. Do not forget I am from England where things are done very differently than here and I am not saying one way is better than the other, just DIFFERENT !!!!!
When we go to the cinema in England, strict rules are laid out, followed and enforced. There is strictly no smoking (which I believe is the same here too), but also strictly implemented is the no cell phone or talking/making noise during the film rules. Our mobile phones have to be switched off, we have to make very quiet, hushed conversation so as not to disturb others watching the movie and we watch the film with mostly quiet restrain, with gentle laughter at comedies or the occasional gasp at a horror movie scene.
But HERE in the Philippines, oh my goodness, what a difference there is.
I can actually say that sometimes it is more entertaining to see and hear what is going on around me in the audience than the contents of the actual movie.
I think in England we are brought up to be mostly restrained and to not let go of our emotions and we have fairly strict unwritten rules as to how to behave in public. But it does seem to be very different here, and it does make for an entertaining experience.
For one, I have yet to go to the cinema in the Philippines where the actual film has been an original copy. I end up being very distracted by the scratches and blurring and jumping of the film reel, making it look as though it has done several rounds across the cutting room floor.
And who is responsible for the editing and censoring of a movie? It is hilarious but somewhat confusing to be watching a film, to be approaching the climax of an exciting, thrilling scene when suddenly we are jumped a couple of minutes into the future and we don’t really know what on earth has just occurred and who did what to who !!
I do understand that there are fairly strict censorship laws regarding decency in this country and that is fair enough, but I do think the way it is done could have a little more quality to it, rather than looking like it has been done by a pair of gardening shears (light hearted joke ok !!!!! )
As I already mentioned, the theatrics of the audience can sometimes be the most entertaining thing going on in the cinema. It is so great and funny to be watching a scary movie and all around you there are people screaming and shrieking and gasping and hiding behind their coats and shouting out at the screen, “Don’t go there” “run away quick” etc etc.
I guess this is all part of the pleasure of being in a country where the people are so expressive and open with their emotions and feelings. That is definitely part of the appeal of the Philippines, it just takes some getting used to, when we English are used to sitting in public places without shrieking and telling the world our business.
One complaint though, and I guess I will be risking a tirade of criticism for saying this, but I am only human so I will say it anyway – why do some people feel they have to hold long and extremely loud cell phone conversations in the middle of the cinema when everyone around them is trying to concentrate on the film? Cultural differences or not, that does appear inconsiderate to me. Can we not live without a telephone conversation for more than a couple of hours? People have learnt to live without a cigarette for a period of time when either watching a movie or having dinner in a restaurant or flying in a plane and that was considered really harsh by all the smokers at first. But hey, it’s happening all over now, and it is accepted, so can the same thing happen with the cell phone?