Why do we need movies? Well, the movies show us what we can be, they inspire us to be better versions of ourselves. When we look at someone handle a situation is a manner which we couldn’t have, it shows us nobility. They teach us gratitude, they make our lives richer in little ways which we don’t even notice.
Movies are a mean to escape the reality that surrounds us, but they can also teach us how to accept the world as it is and make it better.
Movies add a little bit of magic to all our lives in some way or another. A small scene, a gesture, even a glance between characters can cross lines, break through barriers, melt prejudice, make us laugh, bring us all together…that little bit of magic.
For movies bring us together, you remember what the popcorn tasted like, you never forget who you watched it with and above all, how it made you feel. That little bit of magic.
I’ve been in love with the movies all my life and it would take a whole lot of time to list down all of them but I guess I can list a few:
The Matrix Trilogy, 2003: I watched them with my cousins, all three of them, back to back and I had my first existential crisis. I was 9.
Ocean’s Eleven, 2006: During the post credit scenes, you can see Brad Pitt’s character Rusty waiting outside prison for Danny (Clooney’s Character) while eating a burger. Ten years and hundreds of burgers later, I have never looked remotely as cool and I don’t think I, or anyone else for that matter, ever would.
I remember the video parlour I rented that movie from, I remember it because I used to go there every other day and rent a new movie. Back then, I never googled the movies I was about to rent to know what the synopsis was or what the critics thought of it, no sir, there were so many movies and I just had one goal: WATCH THEM ALL. A few years later when the parlour was about to go out of business, I bought almost all the movies that they had left. I spent a summer cataloging all of them and to this day, whenever I go back home, I look at those DVDs and smile to myself because through good times and through bad times, those movies have been my saviour.
The Dark Knight, 2008, a little bit of magic and a whole lot of madness.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 2009: …And some people, DANCE.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, 2011, Inox (Race course, Vadodara): when Harry is about to go face Voldemort, Hermoine hugs him. He looks up, sees Ron in the corner, they exchange a glance. And that glance speaks more than any piece of dialogue could have. Friendship. Magic.
Midnight in Paris, 2011: Pure magical realism, if there ever was any.
Shutter Island, 5th March 2012 (12:07 AM): I had my physics examination at 9 in the morning and I just kept thinking would “Which would be worse: to live as a monster or to die as a good man?”. I am not kidding when I assert that passing that ordeal must have taken some magic.
The Before Trilogy, 2013: I knew I wasn’t alone. What could it have been, if not magic?
Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind 🙂
Never Let Me Go, 2015: Ever seen something that’s hauntingly beautiful? All I wanted to do was to read the book after I saw the film and someday, when sufficient time has passed and my memory of the movie is blurry enough, I will.
Bahubali, 17th August 2015, Seat G-4, SB Multuplex (Agora Mall, Gandhinagar): A great deal of magic.
Some movie, 19th September 2015, Seat P-18, PVR (Motera, Ahmedabad). Magic!
Sometimes, we watch the movies just for the company. It’s crazy how you never forget those little moments when something transpires on the screen and you look at the person sitting next to you and smile knowing that you’ll always carry that little bit of magic with you.
That’s just me. What do movies mean to you?