Day Glo wrote:
I've never been in an audience that applauds during the film. The only non-festival screening I've been to with any applause at all was when the audience (bafflingly) clapped at the end of Tom Hooper's (execrable) Les Mis.
Holy shit, I want to live there then. I actually kind of hate it when people clap at the end of movies and I REALLY hate forced laughter or extra loud gasping ("Ohh my! He was his dad! Hey, I get it! Does anyone else get it?!"). I have been in screeenings, though, where the audience actually made the movie way better. The semi-recent Friday the 13th movie is the best example. HUGE reactions to the kills and some hilarious people making jokes (that were genuinely funny and didn't ruin the movie at all-not that it was any good to begin with). There's a time and a place I guess.
I love it when I'm in a horror film and some lady screams "DON'T GO IN THERE BITCH" or something to that effect. I remember seeing Dave Chapelle's Block Party in the theatre in 2005 and just watched the audience lose it. To be fair that's a concert movie so the audience will be a little different. Hell I don't really mind texting if you're subtle about it. I feel like there's an unwritten rule that if you coverup the brightness of your screen and that the audio sounds are off that's fine. What bothers me if whispering above the volume or beeps and boops from a phone.
There are exceptions and it really makes me think about nature of the sound mix depending on the genre.