I remember many years and moons ago, there was great buzz about the closing credits of a movie. That movie, Ferris Buellers Day Off is now a classic. He did what movies are not supposed to do. It acknowledged the audience. It spoke directly to the audience. Ferris Bueller also was random, subversive and constantly on a tangent. I loved that movie and still do. But I digress. I didn’t see Ferris Bueller in the movie theatre. However, I know that it changed the way people watched movies in the theatre. When a movie ends, we may wonder did it really end? Should we stay all the way through the closing credits? All the superhero movies these days have “surprise” scenes once the closing credits start rolling. Guardians of the Galaxy had five added scenes. That’s just crazy.
For the most part, people don’t like having to sit through all the way to the end of a day-long meeting, conference or meeting. In Los Angeles people use the excuse that they need to leave before traffic gets bad. But everyone thinks the same thing and thus traffic is always bad in LA. I have no idea how people think about engaging in a car race or car chase considering there must is no room on the streets. But again, I have digressed. Let’s get back to movies.
I don’t watch many movies in the theatre anymore. Not many people do. I bought three 4D tickets for Wonder Woman and it cost $76. I could have possibly bought two dresses and a pair of shoes at Ross for that amount. Nowadays, considering such high costs, when I do go to see a movie I want to maximize the experience. Thus, I carefully consider staying through to the end of the closing credits. Will there be a surprise during the credits?
I paid a lot to watch Wonder Woman as noted above. And, I think it was worth it overall as it was a really good superhero movie. There was character development, humor, heart and fierceness. It was surprisingly good. Most superhero movies these days range from bad to ok. Being good is a whole other level we often don’t get to see. Thus, when Wonder Woman ended I was satisfied and on a hyper-frenetic, good mood. Surprisingly to me, people around us immediately got up when the movie ended. A few stayed behind like us.
I wanted the good feeling to continue and thought that maybe there would be a surprise. Maybe an added scene with Steve would appear. Maybe a future fight scene. We had already been treated at the beginning of the movie (well during the trailers) to scenes of the upcoming Justice League. The closing credits rolled in and the music pumped in loudly. I really liked the musical scores or accompaniments to the fight scenes.
Despite there being no additional scenes, I stayed through the closing credits. It’s like lingering after a really good meal. The movie theatre should have been serving port right after. They could gave even sprayed that at us as it was a 4D movie. That would have been the perfect ending.
Alas, Wonder Woman was still very good and cool. May she will stay that way.