Monday 1 September 2008
Though I'm in no rush for my 8 year old son to grow older (I already miss some of his younger chubby faced days as a toddler), I must admit I can't wait to start watching some slightly more adult movies with him. He's mostly a Pixar/Dreamworks animation kind of guy, but we have run a couple of "live action" films by him ("The Princess Bride", "The Adventures Of Robin Hood", "Back To The Future"). And of course he loves "Star Wars"...Sigh, all 6 of the damn things...
A year or so ago I wondered if perhaps he would like "Raiders Of The Lost Ark". It's fun, exciting and (I thought from memory) not very scary. I re-watched it myself to double check and realized there certainly were spots that would likely scare him. Did he really need to see a more realistic death by gunshot? Time enough later...He tends to focus on stuff like that and can get nightmares.
But recently, he's been intrigued about good old Indiana since he's been playing a new Lego video game with characters from the movies (the video game is actually pretty darn fun). He absolutely doesn't want to watch those spirits coming out of the Ark (which I agree he would find scary), but was wondering about the scenes taken from the different levels of the game - in particular the chase scene on the trucks (when Indy crawls under the moving truck, etc.). So I cued it up and we watched it. He thought it was great and so we explored a bit more. We tried the scene in Marion's Nepalese bar where Indiana goes to get the medallion. It's the introduction to both Marion as well as the creepy Major Toht.
So the scene continues and we're all enjoying it when I suddenly remember during the big blaze, that there's about to be a relatively gruesome scene where one of the thugs gets shot in the head. I figure I should kinda fast forward over it, but since I was caught offguard a bit, I pressed Pause instead. Freeze framed right at the exact moment where the blood spurts out his head from the bullet wound..."Rats", I thought. So I tried to FF again. Of course, when in Pause mode FF actually starts slow motion. So now, we have a nice slow motion close up of the bloody face. "Damn". I figured I would just hit Play and then FF again. As I hit Play the body falls forward into the camera and Marion screams.
"Son-of-a-...". I looked at my wife who just had a "Oh, for God's sake" look on her face. Then I looked at my son and he says:
"Well, that was harsh. Daddy, can we watch the big boulder chase him out of the cave now?"
I guess he'll be OK.