Okay, I admit it. Tonight I went to see Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again for the fifth time. This afternoon, I could feel the pull of the theatre, and as the Borg said in Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Resistance is futile.” Now that shouldn’t be true. I should be strong enough to chart another course, away from the magnificent love story, and towards reading a good book at home. Shouldn’t I?
The movie is a magnet to me … such a vivid display of love – romantic, parent-child and friends. I wrote about the film before so tonight will be a different direction.
Point number one > Who cares if I see a movie five times? It cost me $50 plus popcorn. And the joy it gave me was far beyond that. What brought forth the joy was moments of communion between two people. Time stood still as each gazed into the other’s eyes. Just what I need to create in my real life.
Point number two > The difference between being pulled toward ecstasy and being pulled toward regression is immense. Five beers would do me in and likely lead to a night over the toilet. Life diminishing. Five mother-daughter reunions leave me singing, in my voice and in my heart. Life enhancing.
Point number three > Being drawn toward aliveness completely overwhelms being drawn to nothing. Imagine waking up every day with nothing animating your spirit, nothing to look forward to, other than perhaps another day of consuming this or that. Receiving the products of the world but not putting much out there to benefit fellow humans. Compare that to anticipating the next conversation, and what two beings can create together.
So … is there a sixth viewing in me? I’m not ruling it out. Plus the Blu-ray comes out on December 31. Happy New Year to me.