Movie-goers spoiled for choice
FEUDING families and a wise-cracking “giant” have topped the list of movie releases drawing in the Ipswich post-Christmas cinema crowds.
Birch Carroll and Coyle Ipswich City Cinemas general manager Chris Costello said Gulliver’s Travels and Little Fockers had been the top holiday picks for movie goers looking for an escape from the rain.
“All this week we are expecting to be busy,” Mr Costello said.
“Monday being a public holiday was a popular day, particularly in this weather.
“Today being cheap Tuesday, we are also expecting to be busy.”
Starring Jack Black, Gulliver’s Travels is a re-telling of a classic story set in modern day, while Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Jessica Alba head an all-star cast in the family-friendly comedy Little Fockers.
“Gulliver’s Travels is a great family film in 3D,” Mr Costello said.
“Jack Black has been in some good family films, as well as more adult stuff.
“He is a bit of a drawcard all round.”
Mr Costello said thriller The Tourist, starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, had been popular with adult audiences.
The film revolves around Frank, an American tourist (Depp) who is visiting Italy to mend a broken heart when a mysterious woman (Jolie) crosses his path.
Mr Costello said high-action sci-fi film Tron: Legacy had also been attracting its share of viewers.
“It has been big with the 25 to 35 age group,” he said.
“It is a sequel to the 1982 film, which still has a following.
“It is a great release in digital 3D.”
He said the crowds had started to stream in mid-morning, strengthening into the afternoon.
“More so than other years there seems to be a lot more adults this time around,” Mr Costello said.
For Newtown resident Daniel Robinson the movies were a great way to keep his sons Kobe and Ethan occupied during the rainy school holidays.
They were among the audiences taking in Gulliver’s Travels yesterday.
“Especially in the current weather this was the only option left,” he said.
For nine-year-old Ethan the film was the obvious choice.
“It has got Jack Black in it,” he said.