Following the success of “Nic Cage, National Treasure,” the Trylon Cinema in south Minneapolis has decided to continue the trend by screening more movies bearing familiar household names. By priming their audience by classifying the screenings as ironic or ‘so bad they’re good,’ they hope to cash in on both high and lowbrow movie goers.The series is called Marvel Mondays and will continue until Thanksgiving.
The Trylon started the series off with “Avengers: Infinity War,” wherein some audience members intermittently snickered to each other over the heavy handed nature of the blockbuster. Others sat silently, apparently trying to come up with the perfect snappy one-liner for the Letterboxd review they would write immediately following the film’s ending. Overall, the audience was game for a quiet appreciation of the genre’s near-peak form, but things got dicey when, at the end of the movie, Iron Man died and half the audience laughed and rolled their eyes while the other half, mostly families that just wanted to see a superhero movie, tearfully watched a beloved character pass away.
Ryan Bangert, a 13 year old from Highland Park, said, “I don’t get it. I thought it was sad. Iron Man had a kid and also Spider Man looked up to him and then he just died. That’s sad, right?” To which self-proclaimed ‘cinema nerd’ Maria Valesco answered, “You don’t get it. In the world of the movie, everything is a metaphor, like, Iron Man isn’t actually dying, he’s saying he loves Spiderman. Which means, for Iron Man and all the men he represents, you can’t be alive and emotional at the same time. Get it?”
At press time, it was not clear if Ryan got it.
Next week, the Trylon will screen the 1995 ‘comedy’ Braveheart in 35mm.