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June 19, 2012 - Jennifer Brookens
So I ended up following the Fairmont baseball team up to St. Cloud last week. Our family - being transplants to Minnesota - had never been further north than the Twin Cities, and we decided to take the opportunity to explore someplace new.
However, eight- and four-year-olds don't really do well at just sitting still and watching something. Especially when it's too hot/too cold/ or the hotel has a pool. Most of my time was spent looking for entertainment. The pool worked the first day, but the next day check out time was early, so it was off to the mall. But then there was the danger of burning out the credit card! When there was an additional game that was being played Friday, I was desperate to find something. We came across the movie theater where Madagascar 3 was playing. It was a risk, since The Boy has never been to a theater... but it was either that or listen to them whine that it was too hot for two hours. Off to the theater we went.
As it turned out, the Madagascar 3 showing we went to was in 3-D! Bad news was it showed in the price of the ticket: $25 for the three of us, and this was a matinee! Needless to say, we skipped the concession stands! At least the 3-D glasses were hipster style, and not the old school paper frames with blue and red lenses.
Once seated things were great - both kids were blown away by the 3-D effects... until The Boy took off his glasses. About 20 minutes in, once the opening action sequences were finished and it was mostly "talking" to set up the plot, The Boy got bored. "No Madagascar," he said. I tried to ignore him. "NO Madagascar," he said louder, and more impatiently. I shushed him & pulled him onto my lap. He still wasn't having it. He got louder and louder until I had to take him out for fear of disturbing the other viewers (Fortunately there were only about two other families there for the matinee). After 10 minutes of his hollering in the lobby and a potty break, we tried again. It was only about five minutes this time when he was bored again and let everyone know. Another trek out, this time out to the parking lot, for Mommy was also at risk of losing her cool. By the time we got back in this time, it was the grand finale action sequence, and while The Boy protested, it was loud enough in the theater to cover him up.
So even though I missed half of the movie, I think I got the gist of it but not enough that I can offer an honest critique. But I do know that The Boy will not be coming to a theater near you any time again soon! (You're welcome).
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My apologies to the Madagascar 3-D movie attendants in St. Cloud...