“Every time I go to a movie, it’s magic. No matter what the movie is about.” -Steven Spielberg
Okay, so here’s the thing: I’m obsessed with movies. Not in a “I watch a couple movies a week” type of way but in a “I watch a movie pretty much every night and they have a seat reserved for me at the theater” kind of way. (They don’t actually have a seat saved for me, but I can dream…) I’m not exactly sure when my obsession started, but it’s been going on for as long as I can remember so I must’ve been pretty young.
In case you’re not quite understanding how real my love for movies is, let me paint a picture for you. When I was 13, my parents took me to see Les Misérables in theaters. I have a vivid memory of that day for some reason. I remember exactly what I ate for lunch right before we left, and I also remember the exact outfit I was wearing. (A cheetah print shirt, jeans, and Ugg’s – in case you were wondering). When the movie ended and we went home, I cried in my bed for an hour because I was so sad it was over. After I got over my crying spell, I spent two hours on YouTube watching behind the scenes interviews and reading articles on how the film was made.
And that’s just the thing. When I say I love movies I sincerely mean I enjoy every aspect of them. I want to know where it was filmed, how the actors prepared for their roles, and where the inspiration for the story came from in the first place. The moment I finish a movie the only thing I can think about doing is finding out more about it.
The movie theater is a place that I will always hold near and dear to my heart. I’ll watch a movie anywhere, don’t get me wrong, but nothing beats the theater. The lights are dimmed, no one is talking, the popcorn is EXTRA buttery. No other place has the power to transport you to another era or country for two whole hours. Maybe even longer, if you’re lucky. I know it’s expensive and sometimes the chairs give you a weird kink in your neck. But I firmly believe it is so worth it.
Movies are truly magical. They can make you laugh, cry, and really think all in one sitting. They’re frustrating and exciting at the same time. Oh, and don’t get me started on the characters. I already have a list of characters I would want as my best friend if they were real. (Katniss Everdeen, you are SO loyal.)
My friends often make fun of me for liking movies so much. But, I don’t think they really get how much joy movies bring to life. Simply put, a life without movies seems boring. And it doesn’t seem like a life I would want to live.