Last night we went over to Brian and Ralphie‘s house and watched the first episode of Horatio Hornblower (hooray!).
And I remembered again one of the reasons that Ralphie and I are destined to be friends: we both like watching movies with the subtitles on.
Is this weird? Brian thinks it’s weird (we didn’t turn the subtitles on in deference to his wishes last night). I don’t think it’s weird.
My family started watching with the subtitles on when I was in middle school. Suddenly, we started figuring out lines we’d never caught before, even for movies we’d watched dozens of times.
I got addicted. Now, I find it very difficult to watch a show without subtitles – it’s like watching a movie with earplugs in. I don’t even notice the subtitles anymore, but I certainly notice when they aren’t there.
When we saw Stardust last week, I kept leaning over to Bart to whisper “What’d he say?” When you’ve got accents, background noise, shouting, etc., it’s just too easy to miss crucial (and uncrucial) lines. (Of course, I’d miss another line WHILE I was whispering and then Bart would have missed it too and couldn’t fill me in).
Bart thought it was a bit strange when we first started watching movies together, but now he’s nearly as dependent on them as I am. We couldn’t get the subtitles to work on 24 for a while, and both of us nearly cried.
You see? You need the subtitles.
Embrace the subtitles – they will be your friends!