October 7, 2012

First cinema experience in the UK!

Okay, I know I'm suppose to be blogging about my transition from being a spoiled brat that never has to do any house chores to an independent individual that is now residing in the UK away from his sheltered lifestyle of 19 years. (*pants*) Oh, and also having to leave my friends and family for an extended period of time without much preparation. Surprisingly, I'm handling that quite well right now. Then again, it might be my in-built defensive mechanism preventing me from having a breakdown. I should also be blogging about how beautiful my campus is too, but I guess I really don't give a shit ...

My strong urge to blog can be seen from the title! Probably the happiest day in the UK so far because I had a very fulfilling buffet lunch with my university's Malaysian society AND the fact that I've finally went to the cinema here after having wanted to do so for at least a week! (I've only been here for 2 weeks ...)

First off, price. £6.50 for students on a weekend in Odeon (the cinema in UK) is pretty expensive when comparing to GSC's RM12+/-: that's like £2.40! But there is a significant difference in terms of watching experience. 

I personally think that the GSC back in Malaysia is really well built, even the one in IOI Mall feels much more classier than the Odeon in Coventry. However, even on a Saturday, the cinema here isn't fully packed. I could imagine a movie like Looper being full up to the front few rows back in Malaysia. 

 £6.50 isn't that bad considering that we just hopped into another movie right after that without paying extra money. 2 movies for the price of 1, YAY!

There is also significantly less censorship here in the UK compared to Malaysia (well, duh). I don't think I've ever seen a topless girl in the cinema back in Malaysia. Why cut out something that the director intended for everyone to see, especially when there is already an age limit. I'm pretty sure The Perks of Being a Wallflower will not be the same in Malaysia because there were some LGBT stuff in there. Even a family portrait of Cam and Mitch on Modern Family has to be blurred out on TV. That is just down right offensive. I would understand cutting out scenes of them having a make out session, being an Islamic country and all, but those are just FAMILY PORTRAITS.

So there you go, watching a movie in the UK would be more expensive, but less things are being removed. I don't understand why can't they just leave it in for the audience to make their own judgments. You wouldn't dumb down the entire education system in order for the less capable to be able to reach a certain standard, would you? Oh wait ...