This year's event took place at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, as opposed to Metro Hall downtown.
Needless to say, Playdium was in an equally tumultuous state.
All aspects of the meal were short of regular standards, whether it be the several minute delay in acknowledging our appearance at the entrance, the quality of the sashimi, or the general profile of the requested items.
Only two meager portions of banchan were provided, as opposed to the standard trio; the kimchi had been omitted completely during this visit.
Furikake, tofu pocket strips, and limp crab meat topped off the portion of warm Japanese rice. There was no tamago in sight.
It had been delivered whole as to ensure that the cheese within would remain warm upon contact. However, this is not to say that the result was satisfactory. Instead of the stringy, flavourful mozzarella used at specialty katsu eateries, the interior consisted of the more economic Kraft Singles Cheddar slices, rendering the overall profile tacky and unnecessarily firm.
Complimentary Green Tea Ice Cream was provided at the termination of the meal, though it did not manage to relieve my taste buds from the horror of the Cheese Donkatsu.
By the time we had returned from a brief McDonald's run, the auditorium had filled to 90% capacity. Even after climbing up, then down, then around, we failed to find any openings. (A highly disagreeable hag showed utmost denial at shifting over one seat such that we could be seated together, and even went as far as to forbid her husband from doing so either.)
Eventually, we admitted defeat and headed down to the front few rows. Frankly though, the view wasn't as bad as I had imagined. It was definitely more enjoyable than front row. After two hours though, my eyes were drained from the 3D effects. The odd seating position was another aspect I could have done without.
Personally, I really enjoyed the non-battle action scenes (car chase in Busan) as well as the sci-fi elements. The fight scenes inflicted pain to the senses of sight and sound, especially seeing as spears were involved. Occassional bursts of comedic relief aided in lightening the tone of some serious scenes.
Saturation levels and graphics speed were fitting of the movie, though some rotating scenes caused dizziness with the addition of digital 3D.
As a final statement, Black Panther is a lengthy production that warrants watching for the odd humour and action scenes, though it is highly suggested to delay a Cinplex visit until the hype subsides.