I like movies, but I wouldn’t consider myself a “movie person,” in the sense that I don’t really get emotionally invested in them.
That doesn’t mean that I don’t get emotional. In fact, the older I get, the more I tend to cry in movies, particularly if it’s a tear-jerker like “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”
But once the lights come up, rarely do I feel the movie’s impact past the concessions counter. However, there have been a couple of exceptions.
The first time was in 1984 when a group of friends and I found we were without a party on a Saturday night and decided to check out a double feature headlined by a movie called The Terminator.
As you probably know, it was great.
So much so that we almost decided to skip the second film, thinking there was no way it could top what we’d just seen.
But 9:00 pm was way too early to go home on a weekend night, so we figured we might as well hang out and watch the next movie.
That movie was called A Nightmare on Elm Street.
To say it fucked me up for a while would be an understatement.
I was so traumatized after seeing it, when I got home that night, I checked under my bed and in my closets and slept with my door open.
I was seventeen at the time.
The next time a movie made its mark on me I was almost thirty.
Again, it was a boring evening with nothing going on, so a group of us went to see a film I knew just two things about – it was a crime drama and Brad Pitt was in it.
The only time I’ve ever felt like I wanted to take a shower and scrub myself with a wire brush was after watching Seven. That movie clung to me like an emotional wet blanket for years.
Well, now I have a third addition to my list of impactful movies – 1917
Yesterday, my daughter and I went to see what I thought was going to be just another war movie. Boy was I wrong.
What a fabulous movie.
The way it was shot – one-take, point of view, in real-time – made me feel, and trust me, I know what I’m about to say sounds particularly melodramatic, like I now understand a bit of what it was like to be in the trenches in WWI.
I highly recommend this movie to anybody, and after you see it, watch this amazing video to learn more about the innovative way it was shot.
1917 - Official Trailer
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