|Part of my check list of things I want to do in a country to experiment the culture is to go to the movies. I kinda waited to the last minute to do so, partly because I wanted to improve my Spanish and understand more of the culture and people of the country in order to appreciate the movie. I didn't want to go see an American blockbuster with Spanish subtitles, but a real Mexican movie.|
In the US, I went to the
movies while I was in the capital. I saw an appropriate movie for
the location: I saw White House Down. It was also funny to watch it
a few blocks away from the Capitol and see the building still there
on my exit (it's destroyed in the movie).
The movie I watched
yesterday is a grotesque comedy called “El Crimen Del Cácaro
Gumaro“.... I kinda picked the perfect movie without knowing it. At
the beginning of the movie, one of the characters say "don't hit
me in the face, it's part of the world heritage!" (and what am I
visiting all over the world?) Later in the movie, they have a small
conversation in French!
The film is packed with
clichés and references, like it's opening is a twisted homage to
what is considered the best Mexican movie ever (“Amores Perros”,
which I have seen). I understood about 90% of the dialogues and
about 75% of the references throughout the movie. There were only a
few times I heard other spectators laugh and I had no clue why.
I watched a few Mexican
movies on my computer already. I wanted to go to the theatre for the
experience and compare it with what happens North of the Rio Grande.
First difference, the
ticket you buy has a seat number on it and you have to choose it when
you buy it. Then you go at the snack counter. Not many differences
there: popcorn, sodas, nachos (of course!), hot dogs and candies.
However, the self-serve dressing counter is interesting. To top your
hot dog or nachos, you have many choices: hot sauce, ketchup,
mayonnaise, mustard, sliced jalapeños, diced tomatoes and diced
onions. You also find a melted butter distributor to pour over your
popcorn as you please.
Once I reached my seat (I
knew the room would be a almost empty, so I didn't sit at my assigned
seat), I was happy to see both the rows and seats were American sizes
and not made with shorter people in mind. At the expected time,
lights went off and we were blasted for over 10 minutes of ads and
previews, just like in Canada and US, before the movie began.
It was a very enjoyable
experience overall, and not so costly. Because I went before noon, I
had an unexpected important reduction on the price of my ticket (36
instead of 55 pesos). I paid my combo 119 pesos. Total of 155 pesos
A large popcorn, a large drink and a hot-dog... 119 pesos.