On the fifth day of Christmas, my true loves gave to me…..five* hours alone, four people dressed, three frozen fruit treats, two burning snowmen and a queasy feeling in my tummy
Today’s activity was ‘watch a movie’ which was great because it required zero effort on my part. G requested ‘Superman’ (technically an old cartoon, rather than a movie) which was still in my laptop, so I clicked on ‘play’. Ta-da. Ideally it should probably have been an activity for the entire family, but I just didn’t have it in me to hear ‘it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Superman!’
But, speaking of movies, Jason and I were talking about ‘Princess Bride’ last night. Apparently his parents had been watching it when he phoned them. His dad, new to the ‘Princess Bride’ phenomenon, didn’t quite understand what all the hype was about. Which was somewhat comforting to me, since I’ve never met someone besides myself who didn’t like that movie.
I remember my college years – it seemed like people wanted to watch ‘The Princess Bride’ all the time. And then they would sit there and quote the cheesy (dare I say, unfunny?) lines with unbridled enthusiasm. Erupting in laughter every so often. And I’d sit there – alternately bored and confused – and occasionally muster an interested look on my face, in an effort to stifle the series of yawns that came upon me.
Blame it on being born in another hemisphere, but I just didn’t get what they were laughing about. ‘My name is….(I forget) Montoya…prepare to die..’ Why was that funny, or quote-worthy? And don’t get me started on the guy who couldn’t say his r’s..’mawhiage….?’ Not funny. Cute in a three year old, but not funny in an old guy.
But, maybe I’m just missing part of a complex humor gene, since I also failed to so much as chuckle during (admittedly limited) viewings of Monty Python, The Three Stooges, or Wallace and Grommit. I remember being at someone’s house once, as they prepared to unveil Wallace and Grommit. ‘You won’t be able to stop laughing,’ they warned before they hit ‘play’. Mmh, I don’t think it will be a problem.
I’m thinking about starting a Facebook group ‘Princess Bride is not a funny movie’ except I would probably be the sole and charter member, which would be rather pathetic. Sometimes it’s best not to expose oneself in so public a venue.
Or, maybe I should watch the movie again.. to see if old age has tempered my opinion.
*It was really more like almost four hours, but I rounded up for the purpose of this composition.