It was after 10 last night, and I pulled over into someone’s driveway so I could debate whether or not to reset my gps. It was already set to direct me home, however then all the sudden, a thought came across my mind: go do something, something spontaneous. I had just finished Winter’s Tale, the book, and had been wanting to see the movie because my favorite actress, Jessica Brown Findlay was in it. I don’t like seeing movies during the day because I feel like I waste precious daylight in a dark room, and frankly I don’t often like watching movies in the first place. They’re long, and more often than not have poor plots. If anything, I like seeing the movies with friends at night. However I had just dropped off my friend after we went to the mall, and it was just me. I have thought about going to the movies at night by myself a few times, but never acted upon it, because I didn’t want to risk seeing anyone I knew, alone. However, my friend whom I went to the mall with lives an hour away from me, and basically all of my classmates and we went to the mall which was right near her house, and also it was after 10, so I didn’t worry about being seen.
Not only was I worried about being seen, I was also worried about being out so late, and walking into the theater by myself. My mom had me pick up my friend just hours earlier to avoid walking into the mall by myself, however now I was about to walk into the theater by myself, late at night. Oh, and it also just so happens that the mall I went to witnessed a shooting just last month. My heart was racing as I (very speedily) walked from my car into the theater, and I’m not going to lie, I kept worrying about someone walking into the room with a gun. However, the movie itself was blissful. There was only three in the theater including myself, so it was very quiet and there weren’t any distractions.
The movie, even though it left out many parts of the book, accomplished an amazing storyline. It took me well over 24 hours to read the 748 page book, and the movie was only 1 hour and 98 minutes long, so of course it couldn’t have included everything. However, all the main points were there, which is all that mattered. In fact, the movie helped bring the book full circle, and it helped me understand several points that went right over my head while reading the book. This is not a movie review, however I would definitely recommend the movie. Just like the book, which I highly recommend too, it had a magical aura surrounding every beautiful, extremely aesthetically pleasing scene. The lines were melodious and thought provoking, and the musical score was so harmonious with every on-screen happening. The movie was doused with symbolism, timeless wisdom, and even given a sprinkling of humor for good measure. I’m not one to cry during movies, however it was as if I was crying at the end, minus the tears, as the movie moved me so.
When I sleepily walked in the door at 1:30 last night, I went over to my hill and stared up at the stars, to see if I could see them. Despite a covering of half the sky with purple clouds, the other half gave way to a few brilliant stars. I thought about what I had done, the fact that I hadn’t told my parents where I was going, that I walked outside alone at night, and that it was 1:30 in the morning before I arrived home. Then I realized something. I’m seventeen years old, I’m single, I have a car, and a little money, and if I’m not going to do anything even slightly daring now, then I never will. I want to look back on my teen years and remember being at least a little bit exciting. Even if I’m not going to go parties in high school, or have a boyfriend, or anything like that (yet), I think I can go to a movie by myself perfectly justified and without feeling too bad.