Monday, May 31, 2010
Elyssa's First Cinema Experience - "Shrek Forever After"
We brought Elyssa for her first cinema experience last weekend. A few hours before the show, I started prepping her for the event.
Me :Elyssa, you want to see Cartoon?
Elyssa : Yes.
Me : Mummy bring you to Cee-Nee-Maa. Cee--Nee-Maa. Can see cartoon BIG-BIG, Nice-Nice.
Elyssa : Want to go Cee-Nee-Maa. See cartoon *very excited already*
I also warned her : Cee-Nee-Maa dark dark. Elyssa cannot make noise, cannot cry. If you're tired, just close your eyes and oi-oi on mummy's lap. You still want to go? I got an excited "yes" each time.
After all the "prepping", I was pretty confident when we entered the cinema to watch Shrek Forever After. I also brought her water bottle and biscuits as a back-up. My main concern was that she would talk and laugh too loudly (she's a noisy viewer at home), so the biscuits were meant to keep her mouth busy :)
So we went in and found our seats just before the show started. She told me quietly - "Cannot talk. Shhhhh". Ok, good. Then lights off and screening previews started. First preview was some M. Night Shyamalan movie. Not good, I thought as it's a scary movie with plenty of dark eerie scenes. Poor girl started crying. Gave her biscuits..... quiet for a while. Cried again, gave another biscuit.... quiet again. Then suddenly: "Waahhhhhhhhhhhh. I don't want. I don't want". *loud wailing started*
Hubby immediately carried her (he hehh.... agreed upfront since he wasn't keen to watch Shrek in the first place!) and said he'll be back when Elyssa calms down or falls asleep.
I thought they would be back after a while, but............ I ended up watching the entire show all by myself !! (btw, I loved the show!)
When we met up after the show ended, I asked hubby why he didn't try to return to the cinema. I was surprised when he said he did a few times, but each time Elyssa started crying and told him "scared, scared".
*Sigh*, So THAT was basically her first cinema experience - Less than 10 minutes in the cinema hall. She didn't even make it past the preview screening! And hubby wasted his RM11 ticket. All my "prepping" failed :(
Ah well, I guess it was worth a shot. Won't know if we don't try! Mebbe next time I'll time it so that we enter the cinema after the show starts so we don't risk having to sit through a scary movie preview.
Oh yeah, what did she say when we walked out of the cinema lobby? "Mummy, I want to go Cee-Nee-maa Again".