We all had to find different ways of coping with the global pandemic. It was certainly a tough experience for a lot of people. Having to cut ourselves off from friends and family for long periods was probably much more trying than many of us expected it to be. Retreating into those things that make us comfortable and happy was one way that many people used to get through the hard times, perhaps remembering those moments that we shared with people. Ryan Reynolds was one who did that. He found himself getting emotional over people enjoy the theatrical movie experience even quite recently.
Ryan Reynolds' next big movie Free Guy will be one of the bigger movies to release strictly to theaters, just as it was originally intended. And Reynolds himself admits he's been missing movie theaters as much as the rest of us. Speaking with Total Film recently, Reynolds admits to prior to the interview he watched one of the videos that shows a scene from Avengers: Endgame, which includes the sound of an opening night audience enjoying the film. The actor says he literally cried watching it, as he's really looking forward to being able to have experiences like that again. According to Reynolds...
Maybe I’m emotional because of everything that's going on in the world, but I was sobbing this morning watching that. That is some of the most beautiful, big-budget action filmmaking that I’ve ever seen. That’s one thing I’m really looking forward to, and that I really miss –in a movie theatre and watching a movie that way. It’s a unique experience.
There are a few different videos that still make the rounds now and then showing fans watching Avengers: Endgame. One of the clips even made it into a recent promo video for Marvel Studios. What they all have in common is reminding us what it was like when we saw Avengers: Endgame for the first time. The way we got chills from seeing certain moments happen, and the way it all felt just that much bigger by hearing the people around us react the same way.
Watching clips like this when Avengers: Endgame was new was powerful at the time. A lot of the clips went viral again this past May, on the two-year anniversary of the film's release, as people were looking back at the experience after a year without movie theaters.
Ryan Reynolds is clearly looking forward to being able to share a movie theater with people again. In the case of Free Guy we probably won't be getting audiences cheering on epic moments but hopefully he'll still be able to hear audiences laughing together, and that's certainly something else that a lot of people miss.