Sorry, I'll stop.
I have a low tolerance for other people generally, but it's at its worst in the cinema. And last night was appalling. If you are not capable of sitting and watching a film without talking or checking your phone, you need to stay at home and wait for the DVD. You need to not disturb people who actually can watch films like grown ups and have paid £10 each for the privilege. In the first ten-fifteen minutes, we had to tell two separate groups of people to stop talking. We were close to going out and getting a member of staff (which we hate doing because then we're the ones that miss the film and usually it makes no bloody difference anyway because they like to avoid removing people from the cinema). It was also absolutely freezing in the room where we saw it. So I spent the first thirty or forty minutes feeling utterly stressed and unable to get into the film, which is a shame, because what I saw of it, I really enjoyed. Honestly, I thought the first half of the film was excellent.
The second half, less so. Which is not the fault of the film at all. I have this little issue, one which I've had for as long as I can remember, and it's that war bores me deeply. Seriously, just hearing the word war makes parts of my brain switch off. I hadn't fully twigged the fact that this film is set during the French Revolution. Which is a war. So really, it's my own fault I didn't enjoy the second half - seriously, it's a huge problem. Hugh Jackman was on screen and I was bored - but I can't help thinking that I might have enjoyed it more if I'd been more engaged in the film, which I wasn't because of the other people in the audience. I didn't get emotional at the end because the film had lost me by that point. And partly because I really needed to go to the toilets - it feels like a very long film.
But some positives. In my opinion, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen stole the show. Hugh Jackman was predictably good and Russell Crowe was surprisingly so. I still can't stand Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne and Amanda Seyfried, though I can admit that they did a good job here. The kids in it were very good, too. There was really only one scene where I was distracted because I recognised it as Winchester (where I went to uni and saw a bit of the movie actually being filmed) although I'm pretty sure the bit I did see filmed didn't make the final cut. Overall, I probably would recommend it, though Vue are going to be getting a snotty email from me.