Bayside, New York
August 23, 2001
You can get there fairly easily by subway; the E train stops at 42nd street, and has an exit near 8th Avenue. Or if you take the wrong exit, as we did, you can walk for a block or two, and have the neon signs blow your mind. The relatively new Tussaud Wax Museum is right on this block as well. We were going for a 6pm showing, so rivers of people were spilling onto the streets, as usual.
If you've never been here, you'll be amazed. There are 6 floors, connected by escalators and an elevator which is in dire need of some speed. There are 26 screens in this structure; Shrek was showing on the 6th floor, so we had to take the elevator. Tickets are $9.50 for adults
and slightly less for children. The reason for this, I assume, is that the seats are not ordinary: they all have high backs so you can really get comfortable. Also the screens are humongous, and it almost feels like an IMAX. What I liked the most is that they do away with the coming attraction bit. It drives me insane.
Shrek is a delicious movie made hilarious by the contributions of Eddie Murphy's voice as the donkey. If you wish to distill the whole thing down, it's an ogre meets princess story, ogre/princess fall in love, ogre gets princess. The fiery dragon turns out to be a lady who has the hots for the donkey. Cameron Diaz lends her voice to the princess and the ogre is very believable in Mike Myers' voice. The characters are almost lifelike. Go for it!
As a postscript, it's good to know that you'll be assaulted by restaurants when you get out of the movies, so take your pick. We did TGIF.
From journal New New York