Over the weekend, I finally got a chance to go and see 12 Years a Slave. I wish I had seen this movie earlier, it was powerful and moving. Those words still don’t do it justice. From start to finish, you could feel the oppression through Solomon Northup’s (Chiwetel Ejiofor) physical and mental struggle as a free black man captured and sold into slavery.
But what I want to talking about in this week’s Monday Movie Madness is the idiot sitting behind me who decided to eat eight breath mints. Not only did he consume eight, but he rattled them around his mouth like a race car spinning out of control into the protective barriers. It was seriously insane.
Why some thinks it is a good idea to eat hard candy during an intense movie is beyond me. But the idea of eating more than one breath mint is borderline mental. Not only did I have to endure the torture of the main character in 12 Years a Slave, but I had to listen to this character slowly unwrap, pop the little white mint into his mouth, then use his tongue like the flappers found in a pinball machine.
Yes, my torture could never possibly reach the level of inhumanity the slaves went through during that time. However, I did want to rise up and rip that little candy out of his mouth and chuck it across the room.
If you have not seen this yet, please go see it. And if a person is chewing breath mints, be polite and tell them their breath smells just fine.