Against my instinct I took J to the movies last night. He has been wanting to see The Water Horse since the first trailer aired in early December. Honestly, so have I. We haven’t taken J to the movies in well over a year. The last time we went we just thought he was too hyper, when in reality he was too over stimulated. One of the biggest problems is the surround sound. It is just too loud for him. So I had planned to rent it as soon as it came to video. I didn’t want to risk going to the theater, paying “big bucks” only to have to leave part way through. Yesterday afternoon hubby called to see if I wanted to take J to the movie theater on base b/c it was playing for one night only. I decided it was worth a try only because that theater is cheap, and J is free.
I’m still not sure if it was worth even the cheap price. With in 10 minutes he was asking to come home. The sounds were just too much for him. Every time the “water horse” made a sound, whether it was the baby squeaking/ squealing or the adult roaring he covered his ears and repeated over and over “Too loud.” Every time the canons/guns were shot, he covered his ears with his hands and mine and said “I wish to go home, I really wish to go home.” I kept coaxing him to stick it out to the end, I think I was only successful because in between the noisy parts there were some really great and captivating shots of the water horse that would make him forget for a few minutes that it was too loud. I feel a little guilty for selfishly making him stay. On the other hand I am proud of him for not going into total melt down mode.
When we got home hubby asked him if he liked the movie. He said “no, it was too loud.” So I think we will still rent it, and watch it at home, at a normal sound level. He might just like it.
Oh and I guess we will be skipping the Veggie Tales Movie playing on base next week.