Today is the North American release day of the Simpsons Movie. The most hyped, most anticipated movie in the history of cinema. Already, even before I see it, it's my favourite movie of the year...
...and it's not opening in Swift Current!
Time-coded photograph of the only movie theatre in Swift Current
Now, I realize a locally-owned small-town theatre has their commitments and reasons to show certain films, and I apologize in advance if anything I say rubs anybody the wrong way, but honestly, I think 1408 could wait for a couple of weeks or so until we all have the chance to see this movie locally at the same time as everybody else who live in the bigger cities.
If you're unfamiliar with the province of Saskatchewan, the larger city of Moose Jaw is located 90 miles east from Swift Current. The city's only enclosed shopping mall is anchored by Sears, Zellers, and a large chain-supported theatre that is showing the movie tonight, among other first-run films. I hope it doesn't come to this, but I would not be surprised if many people take the trip over to Moose Jaw, or even Regina, just to see that movie. That will probably not be the only thing they'll do, though. There's a football game in Regina tomorrow afternoon, and, well, an enormous moose in Moose Jaw that can be seen anytime, and they could see the movie in their touristy-downtime.
Now, I am planning a trip to Moose Jaw or Regina in the near future (I'd rather buy my clothes and whatnot at a Sears store than through the catalogue), and my plans may include seeing the Simpsons Movie in their theatres, but if anyone from the local theatre is reading this, don't take my plans, or anything else you may have read, as an insult. Once the movie opens here, and I'm sure it will, I will see it here, even if I already have someplace else.