Saturday, March 02, 2013

Silver Linings

For weeks, I have been wanting to go to the movies, I have a decent sized list of things I want to see (Les Miserables, Life of Pi, etc.), but every time I try something else comes up (sun, shopping, indecision, apathy, etc.). Then, today, I spent most of the day moping around, feeling alternately sad or annoyed by nothing. I really hate those moods. There is such a short window to pull oneself out of them before they start to become drowning. So, I decided the finally drag my mom (who, being the only other person present, bore the brunt of my crazy) to see a movie with me.

Of course, none of the things I really wanted to see were playing at a good time, so we went to see Silver Linings Playbook instead. I'd heard it was really good (you don't get Oscar nominations for nothing, right?), but somehow wasn't as drawn to it as some of the other things that are out. I went to the movie knowing it was about a man dealing with mental illness, but really not knowing what to expect.

As it turned out, it was a really sweet movie with a vibe that left me feeling like I'd just watched an old classic. Good writing, snappy dialogue, good blend of drama and lighter moments without turning it into "ha ha, madness is so HILARIOUS!). And, most of all, for two hours it made me forget all the things that have been driving me to melancholia that day. By the end, I wasn't even upset that I'd all but had to mortgage the house for popcorn ( but, seriously, Century,$9 for a small popcorn and a diet soda??? It's a wonder more people don't sneak in food like the lady next to me who spent the movie slurping canned soda and crackling her giant bag of M&Ms).


Gwendolyn Gladiolus said...

I want to see that movie! I thought it looked charming and I'm glad to hear it is. I just got the book from the library, but haven't started it yet.

Glad to hear that getting out of the house and into the movie theater broke your gloom. I hear you on concession prices - it's ridiculous! they do it to counteract fewer ticket sales, but it's just this kind of thing that drives people to netflix @ home with their bigscreen tv and hot and cold running popcorn.

Martina said...

I know, right? We don't normally get concession stuff, but sometimes you just want a treat. The movie was really good. If I'd known you wanted to see it, I would have called you guys.