Hugh Grant complains to his local cinema that 'unendurable sound' ruined watching 'Joker'

Ben Arnold
Contributor
Hugh Grant (Credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Hugh Grant went to see the new movie Joker at the weekend, and had to complain to his local cinema that the excessive volume made the experience “unendurable”.

The Four Weddings And A Funeral star went to the Vue cinema in Fulham Broadway to see Joaquin Phoenix's potentially Oscar-nominated performance as unhinged stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck.

But it appears that it was all far too loud.

Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “Am I old or is the cinema MUCH TOO LOUD? Unendurable. Pointless.”

Vue Cinemas then got in touch, hoping to glean more details about his experience.

After some back and forth between Grant and Vue’s customer care team, the actor appeared unimpressed with the response.

Other patrons chimed in with their experiences too.

Hugh Grant isn’t the only person to criticise the cinema-going experience of late. Last week Money Saving Expert’s Martin Lewis shared his displeasure about the length of the adverts that played before the film on his visit to see Joker.

The finance journalist and occasional This Morning presenter said cinema listings are confusing, after the film started 33 minutes later than the advertised show time. He argued that five to 10 minutes of ads is “fine”, but over half an hour of adverts is not acceptable and can detrimentally impact the experience.

“Either cut pre-screening times, or tell us actual start times too,” Lewis implored cinemas. He asked his 636k followers to retweet if they agree, and 56k did.

Grant clearly wasn’t put off going to the pictures altogether however.

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Last night he attended the closing night gala of the BFI London Film Festival, pitching up at the premiere screening of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman.

Hugh Grant, his wife Anna Elisabet Eberstein, and Anna Paquin attend The Irishman. (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

For his part, Scorsese has recently hit headlines over his comparison of Marvel movies to theme park rides.

“It's not cinema, it’s something else,” the Goodfellas director said at the festival (as reported by THR).

“We shouldn’t be invaded by it. We need cinemas to step up and show films that are narrative films.”

The previous night, while delivering the David Lean lecture for Bafta, he had said: "Theatres have become amusement parks. That is all fine and good but don’t invade everything else in that sense.

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"That is fine and good for those who enjoy that type of film, and, by the way, knowing what goes into them now, I admire what they do. It’s not my kind of thing, it simply is not. It’s creating another kind of audience that thinks cinema is that."