This was a big surprise to me! I never thought I would be comfortable going to the movies by myself, this is couples territory right? Perhaps I hadn’t noticed before, but there’s actually a significant number of people that go to the movies by themselves. Now that I’m going on my own a bit more often, I’ve noticed a group of solo movie-goers that keep on coming 2 – 3 times a week, I call them “the regulars”…and I guess I am one of them now.
It’s funny how you can do the exact same thing with someone, and then do it by yourself, and experience something so -completely- different. For example, a small one… For years I hadn’t seen the trailers of the upcoming films because even though we always said that we would watch them this time, once we sat down we would chatter away until the film started. Or someone asked us to shut up. I have to say, I love watching the trailers all the time now! A lot of them are really really good. Like I said, not a biggie, but certainly a nice unexpected bonus…and that dropped in before the movie even started.
Once the movie rolled, I must say, as much as I loved holding his hand while we watched a movie back then, I also really like focusing on the film playing in front of me with my full and undisclosed attention. I love trying to capture all the details on the screen, the visuals, the actors, their inflections, the nuances that you can inhale when you are absorbed into the story. Now I realize why I missed very visible chunks of the storyline for years, ha! The experience of going to the movies by yourself is more about the journey this movie, this director, these storytellers, and actors will take you through. What? Where? You don’t know. Most of them don’t know either. But you all know when. It’s going to happen right now. And you are all in it with them.
You live deeply inside someone else’s imagination for 2 hours, and then you get to go back to your life. It is truly a remarkable experience. That’s how I go to the movies nowadays, and I love it.
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