There’s plenty of summer blockbusters this year, as there are most years, and there’s been plenty of times where two big movies have come out on the same day.
But there’s never been a summer blockbuster that saw movies like Barbie and Oppenheimer coming out on the same day.
Barbie is more familiar because, you know, it is a toy beloved for decades by millions around the world and the characters in the candy coated, pink toned film are surely recognizable to most Americans.
Then there’s Oppenheimer, as in Robert Oppenheimer, who is neither candy coated or pink toned, and the scientist recruited by the government to create the atomic bomb. He was, as you know, successful.
He’s a fascinating character, played by a heavyweight actor, in a cast full of heavyweight actors, and directed by maybe the best in the business in Christopher Nolan.
It started on the internet, as dumb things do these days, as the idea was to see both movies, back-to-back, double feature style, for reasons.
Mostly because it is funny, and what else are you going to do?
So, as a trustee in the Ramon Escobar Fund for the Cultural Arts, and something of a movie buff, I decided to see both, back-to-back.
More on that experience after the fact, but the plan is to see Oppenheimer first, at 11 a.m. at the Movie Tavern in Little Rock on Saturday. Then, see Barbie at 2 p.m.
There’s other theaters and more screenings available but the Movie Tavern has been consistent, and the food there surprisingly good for a movie theater. Way past buckets of popcorn and lukewarm hot dogs, but actual entrees, sandwiches and pizza. The food can be comfortably compared to a decent chain, like a Chili’s or Applebee’s.
There’s no prizes involved. And if you make the attempt, Oppenheimer is three hours long and Barbie checks in at 1:54. That doesn’t include trailers and the commercials they show before every movie now, but those tend to run 20 minutes. So, this is roughly six hours, in a movie theater seat, even a comfortable recliner, can be tough, so pack a cushion.