On sitting through

I have a confession to make: I am one of those annoying people who like to sit through the end credits of movies. Annoying, because we sit while everyone else is moving; annoying, because other people in the company have to wait for us outside the movie theatre.

Then why do it? It's not like there's anything interesting during the end credits, is there?

Well... over the years I've heard (and used) different excuses for this. The most common one, I guess, is that people want to see if there's something extra during or after the end credits, and usually you can count on certain types of movies to have them. (Rowan Atkinson pops up at the end of "Mr Bean" and says "Yes, I normally stay to the end as well" - a nice nod to us weirdos, and the animated credits from almost any Pixar movie are definitely worth staying for). But I do it regardless of the movie, so that's not a good reason.

The other reason is that you can listen to the movie score at the end. True, but you can probably get it from the nearby record store or off the internet, if you really want to, and you can listen it as many times as you want.

Yesterday, we went to see Pan's Labyrinth, and during the end credits, I really realized why I want to stay through the credits: so that I wouldn't have to leave just yet. I really like movie theatres, and the kind of an immersion you can get in there. At home, there is always distraction - there are so many things in the room which can break the illusion: a car driving by, a phone call, mice scurrying, or maybe there is simply too much visual noise: the book shelf, the carpet, the table, a can of soda.

I'm a relative A/V luddite: my TV is pretty crappy by modern standards, and I don't own even a decent pair of stereos. But watching movies at home is just not... fun in the same way as in a movie theatre, so I have had no reason to upgrade. It works for the purpose of watching recorded TV shows, and that's pretty much it. (Now that I have a Wii, I may have to upgrade to get a better playing experience, though :)

But anyway: leaving right after the movie is over would be a too harsh blow, a jarring transition from the illusion to the real world. The end credits, and the music, and the near-empty theatre until the final blackness and the curtain give me a soft landing to whatever waits outside.

Oh, the movie? I really, really liked it. At first, I had trouble adjusting to it, but around half-way, at the Pale One, it lodged itself directly between my brain lobes and refused to let go. It's definitely a fantastic fantasy movie, and it works on so many levels - and somehow, I could directly relate to the little girl, Ophelia. Maybe because she would probably be one of those persons who stay until the end - the real end - of the movie as well.




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I don't know if they still have the same policy, but I used to love the way the lights would stay off until the end of the credits at Andorra in Helsinki. Might have been the same at Orion as well, but in this case memory fails me. I think my appreciation for this sort of pedantic behaviour might be related to the tendency to read the liner notes on records. A combination of completism, desire for trivia and a sort of respect, I suppose.

--Ripa, 05-Feb-2007


And damn you who taught me to sit to the end, :-) Now another set of people are suffering from it...

--Spinsteri, 05-Feb-2007


As you said the Pixar movies are well worth staying for the little snips. Some recently have put bloopers in the credits. My peeve is the guy that stands up in front of me and does the huge "arm flap flail while he gets into a coat that makes him look like the Michelin Man" routine which blocks the screen.

--Foster, 05-Feb-2007


What, L and I aren't the only ones that do this? How odd.

My reasons must be similar, since I absolutely can't remember any relevant cast credits or auditory acclaims. Still, there I sit, waiting for the atmosphere to subside, and maybe for the occasional closing jape.

Now, speaking of Pan - what is the relevance of the reverse time flow at the beginning, and is there any concrete proof of dying delusions versus fantasy during the movie? I can't name anything in certainty - which only makes the whole movie more memorable for me. (Can't wait for our showing of Devil's Backbone, here.)

And, by the way, Finding Nemo has some of the more amusing pixarish credits out there.

--ebu, 16-Feb-2007


I think the movie has been carefully constructed not to make the distinction. You can watch it as either...

--JanneJalkanen, 16-Feb-2007


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