I live in the South but I rarely go to SM Southmall, my family prefers going to Alabang Town Center. ATC has always been our mall of choice because of the vibe of the place and I love how they have maintained it, especially the upkeep of their cinemas. Last week I got an invite from fellow blogger Azrael Coladilla to attend the advance screening of The Adventures of Tintin at the IMAX SM Southmall. The last time I watched a movie at Southmall the seats were worn out, the floor was sticky and the audio quality was so poor. Another thing the comfort rooms were not well maintained, when I flushed the toilet the water shot up like a geyser, I know yuck. So my expectations were not very high.
But I was pleasantly surprised to see that there is an ongoing renovation at Southmall not only with the cinemas but the whole mall. The layout of the mall seems wider and better for strolling, the lighting brighter and the comfort rooms were clean and no defective plumbing this time. Looks like with all the upgrades I might be going there more often.
I am not a movie critic so I won't even attempt to critique the film, but I will tell you about my theater experience. I was happy to see that the IMAX theater had it's own waiting area, I am always early for screenings so I like that they have a comfy area for you to sit down and wait . Love the layout of the theater, they designed it in a way that there is no chance of the head of the person in the row in front of you to block your view. I can't tell you how many times this has happened to me in the past, it just ruins the whole movie for me. Another plus point the seats were very comfortable and clean. The IMAX SM Southmall experience really makes you feel you are part of the movie, it seems that you and Tintin are together in the search to unravel the Secrets of the Unicorn. You feel like you are with him in every leap he makes and every bullet he dodges. Definitely worth the extra pesos for you get to truly have an amazing movie experience in return.
The regular screenings of The Adventures of Tintin starts November 30th and since it is a Philippine holiday I recommend that you head over to the IMAX SM Southmall and be transported to the high seas, the desert sands and beyond with Tintin and his friends.