Perhaps I'm dating myself but with my birthday approaching next month, I've been realizing I've been on this planet for a while. This gets compounded when Taylor Swift released an album called '1989' and I thought to myself, "I remember where I was when this megastar was BORN."
Actually, in 1989 I had the chance to see my first movie on the big screen. It was at the Kings Plaza Cineplex Odeon in Brooklyn, NY. The theater, which as of this writing has since been converted into a Best Buy, was a short car ride from my house but seemed like a world away. For me as a kid who only saw movies on TV screens, heading to a multiplex appeared to be a miracle of modern science.
I remember walking down the corridor of the "sixplex" to the next to last room on the left. My life literally changed forever.
The word I use now to describe the film was "spectacle." Back then, the word was "wee!"
There were lasers, kids getting into trouble, lasers, a movie based on the weekend (aka 'five hours of summer once a week' if you're my age) and lasers! It was AMAZING to see such a larger than life story fully realized. I also think I suffered from sensory overload because I had nightmares and lucid dreams for days.
With other Disney films like "Tomorrowland" looking to inspire a whole new generation, "Honey I Shrunk The Kids" (and it's subsequent television series - and to a lesser extent the sequels "Honey I Blew Up The Kid" and "Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves") was one inspiring cinematic experience I don't think I'll ever forget.