Have any of you seen the movie Captain Fantastic? I saw it on the airplane on our way back from Costa last December, and I was so moved... I haven't been able to get the movie out of my head ever since. The film centers around a family who lives "off the grid," if you will, and it follows their journey as they are unexpectedly forced to reenter civilization. The movie questions so much of what we hold true about education, the "proper" way that children should be raised, and free range parenting and does so in such an emotional way, it really makes you take a look at your own life and the choices that you make for yourself and kids on a daily basis. Since I've seen the movie I've been more aware of (or at least annoyed by) the electronics use in our home, how much our children are marketed to and truthfully, my own constant consummation of goods and media and (insert x here). It's a really thought provoking (and surprisingly fun) movie and I cannot recommend it enough.
Seeing this movie and feeling it the way that I did, I'm reminded by just how important movies can be. I feel like I am constantly watching movies but it's never really what I'm interested in. There are the cartoon and teen movies I watch with the kids. The comedies and action flicks that I zone out to with my husband. And then there are the movies that I watch on my computer on repeat because I just love them so much and they can basically exist in the background while I get things done without needing any actual attention (see everything Nancy Meyers ever created). What's missing from my life are the new movies and the movies that make you think and feel.
I've been dying to see Manchester by the Sea and La La Land and I've been thinking that I might just go by myself and see them while the boys are at school. I don't know why, but just the idea of going to the movies by yourself in the middle of the day feels incredibly indulgent to me. I keep thinking what if someone saw, and thought I just went to the movies all day? The other part of me thinks it would be such an empowering thing, actually spending my free time on something that I really want to do. I'm pretty sure the latter part of me is going to win out because I just don't want to miss out on the chance to see another great film. If you happen to see me in the theater at 11am on a Tuesday, no judgment please. Well, I guess you will be there too so I promise to reserve the same in return! Xx