“We all try to escape pain and death, while we seek what’s pleasant.” Albert Einstein
Perhaps that’s why a day at the movies is generally considered pleasant, because it offers an escape from life’s humdrum and horrid moments. Or is it all relative? For instance, a large portion of last week’s movie-going audience found the space showcasing “Gravity” THE place to be, at least according to the domestic box office; but what about those who prefer perils at sea, opposed to problems in space? For those escapists, there was a pain-free place seaside as they lined up to be in the company of heroic sailor “Captain Phillips.”
So, what will the ultimate “Escape Plan” include for THIS weekend? Will it involve Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger? Maybe “Machete Kills” his old-time but active competition with a bloodthirsty “Carrie” as a captive, albeit crazy, spectator. Those with vengeance on their minds may find some kindred, not to mention, quick spirits between the “Runner (racing toward another) Runner” and his ill-gotten gains. Cheerful movie lovers, however, will have no use for all that danger and destruction and might favor a more pleasant, colorful diversion. Thankfully, our cinematic skies remain “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” tempting for those hungry for family-friendly entertainment to refuse.
Do you prefer traveling pointlessly through space or perfecting those telekinetic powers? A trip to Costa Rica or a sail through Somalia? Action celebrities or animated characters? Fortunately, at your local movie theater, they’ve got you covered!
From seaside days to starry nights, may a trip to the local multiplex offer you a pleasurable escape from an unpleasant reality…