Oooh warm and toasty, snuggling season is upon us and it’s beautiful! If you are from Australia, you will know that it is getting quite cool in the night and it’s lovely! I love winter, so this weather is wonderful to me! I recently went to Parramatta Park to watch a movie, Collateral Beauty starring Will Smith an event put on by Mov’ in Bed.
Parramatta Park is a MASSIVE park with so many events happening throughout the year, this park is close where I live so it’s great not having to travel all the way into Sydney City for all the events all the time!
I haven’t really been to any outdoor cinemas before, the closes I have been to one was when I was working for the Starlight Children and was volunteering at a booth, and it was great fun! Didn’t get to see any of the film though, and next to that is the drive ins, yep to those who think drive ins have died, they haven’t and they are making a comeback as this generation (mine and younger than me) are into nostalgia, we reminisce about the past, even if it wasn’t ours.
I was offered to attend with a friend, whose friend dropped out, as she knew how much I love movies she offered me, and I said yes in a heartbeat! I had wanted to go so much. As I said the movie was Collateral Beauty and I had been wanting to see that, I missed it a the cinema as I was running around this year trying to catch all the Best Film nominated films for the Academy Awards this year (it has become a tradition of mine).
We were ready; we had our yummy food at the restaurant Grill’d, got our snacks we headed off to the park. As we got there, it was so dim lit that we couldn’t find the correct area of the park, like I said this place is MASSIVE! It wasn’t until we bumped into some people who too were looking for it (heads up if you intend to go, it’s behind Old Parliament House). When we found the location, we looked out to it and it was lit up with cute rainbow cubes, I was super excited, more than I should be, but I was.
Once we got there, we got our wristbands and our bags checked, I was asked if we had alcohol – me a non-drinker only on social occasions was like nope and same with my friend, wasn’t till we got in there and I reached in my bag for my phone that I realised I had a bottle of Lisa Vanderpump sangria… oops… shhhh no one has to know, don’t worry I didn’t drink it, but it was a licensed event so if you wanted some alcohol, you could purchase it there.
The smell of the popcorn being made there was divine, It smelt wonderful, but I had a bag full of sweets ready for me to devour, but my friend purchased some and I may have stolen some from her, and it was sooo good!
As we got close to our bed, the slush of the mud making me almost lose my boot, so we just chose the one closes to us, you can choose any bed, no designated beds are given you just choose, so get there with a bit of time (don’t need too much as it goes up a hill, anyone will have a good view of the screen) to get a good bed. The beds are blow up beds and the blankets and pillows are provided (yes I have checked, they have said they wash them after every session). We took off our muddy shoes and hopped in and oh my, it was so comfy! I didn’t want to get out! It was so warm.
There were previews like any cinema, and then as the movie was about to start, there was a presenter on the screen giving us the do’s and don’ts of being at the movies in bed and of course, the one thing that was on a lot of couple’s minds, on the of DO NOT’s is any funny business, if you catch my drift…
Review of Collateral Beauty
Collateral Beauty is a film about a man who loses his child and suffers a mental breakdown as a result of it, he begins ignoring everyone around him, phone calls, visits to his house even his employees of the ad agency that he owns, his 3 best friends (played by Kate Winslet, Edward Norton and Michael Peña) try to do what it takes to help him through this difficult time. Howard (played by Smith) writes three letters, one to Time, one to Death and one to Love, he mails them; this might be a way to let out his feelings, maybe therapeutic to him even.
His friends find the letters in mail box with a help of a private investigator (played by Ann Dowd) and each read them and see his heartache in paper and ink form. As there has been an offer of the ad agency to sell, they devise a way to declare him unfit mentally to do so, so they can do it on his behalf, they hire three actors to play Time (played by Jacob Latimore), Death (Helen Mirren) and Love (Keira Knightly) and they will film him and remove the actors to make it look like he has snapped and is talking to himself, all the while Howard is trying to cope with the loss of his child by continually trying to accept it and seek help with a support group.
This movie was from start to end a beautiful roller coaster of emotions, my friend was in tears by the end of it because it was heart wrenching and the performances were so well done. Each friend was paired with one of the actors and it was to show a light what they too are going through themselves. I felt I would have liked to have some closure on a few things that were not addressed in the film, but this was a solid film that needs to be seen. This should probably be already out on DVD so if you get a chance to see it, do so.
As the movie finished I was ready to just stay overnight I was so comfy and warm, but of course we had to get up and leave and make our way home, I bet my Cat Coco was wondering where her mum was as I went straight after work.
I recommend this experience as it was fun with a friend or you could go with a loved one and just relax and looking at the stars and the moon was so lovely especially when you don’t get a chance to stop and look up to see the sky, unless you are someone who falls asleep really quickly and can’t watch movies in bed, then I suggest stick to the regular cinema.
For more information about upcoming movies or the actual event itself, click the link here: http://movinbed.com/
Tickets are $35pp
More information on the movie, click here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4682786/
Photos are all taken by me
Collateral Beauty poster from here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4682786/mediaviewer/rm3414950656