Have you ever seen a movie and felt like it perfectly expressed how you felt at that exact moment in time? Maybe the plot did not mirror your life, and maybe you were nothing like the characters on the screen, but somehow you still felt such an intimate connection to it. Has that ever happened to you?
I’ve heard a lot of people say they feel this way about certain songs, and that has happened to me as well. But I think movies are different. They are longer, and more visual, and lead me to develop deeper emotions than the short 3 minutes of a song. I guess that’s why I love watching movies so much. But I’m getting sidetracked.
Yesterday I saw a movie that made me feel this way. 500 Days of Summer. I knew within the first 30 seconds that it would be my new favorite movie. I had already fallen in love with the artistic expression, the music, oh the music!, the adorable dimples on Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s cheeks and Zooey Deschanel’s bright blue eyes.
Since the credits began rolling yesterday, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this movie. It was beautiful. It moved me like nothing else has in a really long time. It was a realistic representation of how relationships evolve over time (something I have been spending a lot of time thinking about lately). It showed the ecstatic happiness when you first meet, the falling hard for someone, and the heartbreak that ensues when it’s ending. It showed the uncertainty and then the magic. It showed the giggles and laughs, and it showed the anger and tears. It showed what happens when one person in the relationship feels differently than the other. It showed how they move on.
It showed growth and change.
And isn’t that what we are all stumbling to achieve in this messy series of events called life?
Maybe that’s why I love this movie so much. It showed me, in a beautiful way, exactly what I am doing.