Let me start off by saying that I do not consider myself a movie aficionado. I much prefer the continuation of a television series over the two hour glimpse into the worlds created on the big screen. I have never really understood why, my only explanation is that I enjoy being invested in characters and the stories surrounding there lives and when a movie is successfully engaging my overly-judgmental brain I never want it to end but inevitably, the movies always end and I am left with a hole wondering what the next step in the story is. Hence the title of this post, where do we go from here?
After a ridiculously stressful month at work in May I have vowed to spend my June focusing on myself, my husband and taking time to relax, while I can. Mother Nature must have agreed with my plan as she has dumped inches of rain on Metro-Detroit today. After finishing season 3 of Orange is the New Black (we’ll talk about that later…) I moved onto our DVR and then remembered we have free HBO this month. As I scanned the channels I managed to catch The Fault in Our Stars just as it was starting. I read the book last summer and still had not seen the movie (remember, overly-judgmental movie snob). I enjoyed the book, I’m a little hyper-sensitive to the subject matter and happened to read it right after reading Robin Roberts’ biography so the idea of then seeing the movie about young people with cancer just seemed a little too much for one summer. I was happy to lay on the couch, cuddle with my kitties and watch the amazing talent of Shaliene Woodley. There have been very few times where I have “lost my shit” (for lack of a better term) while watching a movie but I just spent the better part of the last hour bawling my eyes out as these fictional teenagers dealt with unbelievable pain that people twice their age have problems understanding. But even with the the astounding talent of the cast and the crocodile tears coming from the peanut gallery, I still found myself sitting on the couch feeling like I wanted more. Maybe that’s the point? To suck you in, get you invested in the world they have created and then leave you wanting more. I think one of the best testaments to a quality film is if it allows you to pull from your own life experience to relate to the characters. The fact that I have seen the behind the scenes action of a disease like cancer I will forever be more invested in any media regarding the same topic. For better or for worse.
With the void left by The Fault in Our Stars I decided to head back to Netflix and found myself still needing a good girly movie to watch. Enter Steel Magnolias. While life has changed quite a bit since the 80’s, it seems that people are still the same. There is something incredibly encouraging about that. There is also something wonderfully encouraging about watching a movie where you can recite certain quotes word for word (and might throw them into your daily life just for a little flavor… “Are you HIGH Clairee?!”).
I promise that my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair.