Aren’t you tired of the mundane? Doesn’t it bother you to find yourself surrounded by things that are powerless and futile? Following same old jaded acts makes everything seem pointless and trivial. Aren’t you dying for a miracle? Don’t you want something ‘different’ to happen? Something unworldly, unearthly, that shatters conventions and uproots beliefs? Whose occurrence causes nothing to fall in place? Something that exerts your life to action, that pushes you to the edge, that keeps the adrenaline pumping in you and takes away the ‘ordinary’ from your life.
Lucky for us, we have movies to bring that change. The exquisite stuffing to fill our hollow lives. Some take us to fits of fantasy, the incessant joyride into the unknown, a realm where we wish to live forever, a world that promises a better life, better than ours.
Many of these let us live a protagonist’s life. We turn heroes all of a sudden. We connect with the person who does right. We support the do-gooder silently. Then there is a plot that lets us marvel the character’s amazing life. We instantly become projected personas. We get under their skins and live! Only for hours but we do.
The right kind of drama connects our soul. Feels as if our stories are on display. We empathize with every tear that finds no cheek. We understand the pain. We fathom their predicament. We feel the love and feel our soul heave up with rapture. We smile and frown and drown ourselves in projected stories that are sometimes untrue. Fiction dreamt by heads. Yet we live. Live for those fleeting hours. Witness someone else’s life mould and carve magic right in front of our eyes.
The moment the end credits show up, lights take us back to stark reality. The same old inconsequential life that speaks of jaded reappears like an old tattered page. Pages of dust they are. Pages that are hard to read.
I can’t imagine a life without movies. They give us a way to lead a thousand lives. Nothing can put it better than Ron:
Man, I got one..one life right? Mine. But fuck I want somebody else’s sometimes.
Watching a movie is a great way to let off the steam. It lets you visit a different world for a while. Away from your own misery. Away from the pathetic grief of life. It packs your void with impactful potent frames that defy the ordinary. It is life’s ultimate ‘release’!