George Clark’s review published on Letterboxd:
What's the best experience you've ever had in a theatre, an experienced that you’ll remember forever? (Contains Spoilers)
Mines something that's very easy to guess. In 2019, my friends and I went to the premiere of Avengers: Endgame. We saw the double bill, 5 hours sitting in the cinema watching Avengers: Infinity War then, as midnight struck, Avengers: Endgame began. It's fair to say that the theatre was ecstatic, fans of the franchise staying up late watching arguably one of the most anticipated films of all time, was incredible. The film was full of incredible moments, Hawkeyes opening and transition into Ronin, Black Widows sacrifice, depressed Thor and the iconic “I Am Iron Man” ending that made fans cry, but there were not one, but two moments that every single person in the audience erupted at. With the death of Black Widow looming over the audience, the moment Captain America staired down Thanos’s army was the exact moment I thought he was through (like everyone else). Yet hearing Anthony Mackie's Falcon proclaim "On your left" was the moment the whole theatre erupted for the second time. Every character that appeared afterwards elicited gasps and cheers from everyone and once the scene had ended you could just tell the audience was amazed at what they had just seen, I certainly was. The audience erupted upon the "Avengers Assemble" line, cheering for the moment they had wanted for so long.
However, it was the moment before that, and arguably my favourite in the franchise, that I've remembered most fondly. The moment Captain America picks up Thor's hammer for the first time. We knew it was coming, fans had theorised for months before its release, but that didn't make it any less epic. As soon as the hammer lifted off the ground you could feel the atmosphere tighten, everyone knew what was about to happen and when it finally did, I absolutely loved it. The score mixed with the amazing feeling that gave me, watching everyone love the moment, was incredible and despite going back to see it 8 times afterwards, that was the moment that got the most cheers.
It's easy to criticise Marvel, but when they offer moments like that, moments that bring hundreds of fans together under one ceiling, it's hard not to look back at that with anything other than amazement. Of course, I'm biased, I've grown up with this franchise all my known life and watching this film with other fans was always going to be special and that's why, for me, those moments within are my most cherished in a theatre and I firmly believe that the last hour of this film will always be my favourite. It’s truly incredible and still on rewatch, makes me feel the exact same as the first time.
So, what’s your favourite theatre experience?