When I went to see this one, in the Spring of 1999, I knew nothing about it. Basically, I went because the effects in the trailer looked so good.
I remember leaving the movies, after watching it, with a headache. I think the flick just gave my mind too much to process – between the effects and the story – and that plus it being allergy season led to the pain. And, since we (meaning my wife and I) saw it during the day, the headache got worse when we walked out of the darkness of the theater into the bright daylight. (Don’tcha just hate it when that happens?)
But, I was very impressed. And, when this one came out on DVD, I grabbed a copy of it on Day One.
Every chance I got, I watched it again, in the weeks that followed. It got to the point where it was really starting to annoy my wife. If I had a dime every time she walked into the family room, caught me watching it, and said “You’re watching that movie again?”…well…I would have a whole heap of dimes, at the least.
I watched it so many times that I pretty much had the script down to where I could mouth the words while watching it. So, yeah, you can say this is one of my all-time favs. I also liked the the second and third features that came in the series. But, not as much as the first.
It’s now almost ten years after it first came out. And, just recently, late one night, I was flicking channels and noticed this on HBO. What happened? I stopped to watch it for a while – even after all these times that I’ve seen it before…and, it’s still good, at least to me.