Thursday, April 17, 2008

On a date

David and I went out last night for a first time for a long long time. It was our first cinema outing since before Henrik was born. The last film we saw in the cinema was the bourne ultimatum so it has been a while...
So we left Henrik sleeping happily in the capable care of Nicola and Jo - two lovely girls from church. He didn't make a beep while we were gone so the girls had spent a fun evening watching friends. 
We had a little while before the film started so we went and had a cup of coffee / hot chocolate in starbucks before hand. Being school holidays and orange wednesdays the cinema was quite busy but they operate it on reserved seat system which is brilliant as it means you don't have to be there 15 minutes before the starting time to get good seats. David got the tickets on his way back from work which meant we could enjoy our coffee and then stroll in after the trailers had started.
The film was called son of Rambow and it was brilliant. I'd read about it in the paper when they were filming it and got curious as it was filmed mostly in the town where David was brought up. We also hear Mark Kermode's review on it on five live with the interview of the director which was good brilliant.
The basic plot is that these two boys are making a home action film after seeing a pirate copy of a rambo film to enter into a competition. One of the boys is the naughty boy of the school, teachers dispair whereas the other one had been brought up in a plymouth brethren home where films were is a story of an unlikely friendship peppered with funny side characters including larger than life french exchange student and a flying dog - what more could you ask from a film.
It is a sweet and very funny story and we had wonderful time watching it. We'd strongly recommend it, it had us in fits of laughter but it also had a more serious touching side and it had me in tears couple of times.
There we lots of scenes filmed in Ashridge, where we've been on numerous walks with a selection of four legged friends. It was funny watching a film and recognising a tree stump in the background and knowing the exact location where to find it! Also David's old school was used in the film, the only difference being that they'd turned the dining hall into the sixth form lounge.
Our date was a success :)

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