A long time ago….or maybe it was a little while ago. In actual fact, I don’t really remember when–but I remember the conversation quite clearly–my girlfriend wondered if I would go see Little Women with her. At the time, I refused.
You see, I had already seen little women. I saw it in 1994. I rented the VHS tape from Tsutaya in Hashimoto Japan and watched it late one night after I finished work. I rented it because it featured my forever movie star crush Winona Ryder (before the whole shoplifting thing, and long before her comeback on Netflix with Stranger Things). The rest of the cast was great, but other than Susan Sarandon, I am a not entirely clear on who was in it.
Note. I just checked IMDB and there were some other big name stars that I should not have forgotten. Ooooooops….Kirsten Dunst and Samantha Mathis…..
Like I said, I had seen the adaptation of my generation and really had no plans to see this one. I didn’t expect it to be different and I was quite content with the one I saw. Also, knowing the story doesn’t really help.
Then I saw the trailer and changed my mind completely. Just look at the cast! Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern, Florench Pugh, and Meryl Streep–Quite impressive.
I enjoyed the film quite a bit. I like a good kunstlerroman, and this one had good acting, a good script, good direction, and some stunning visuals. I have never read the book, but perhaps I should.
Now, before you go thinking that Today’s Perfect Moment is a movie, or worse a movie review, let me be clear. It is not. Yes, it is a lovely film and you should probably see it when you have the chance–but I could say that about a lot of films. Instead, I should also note that this is the first time my girlfriend and I have gone to the movies together. We’ve seen movies together on the couch, in the privacy of our homes, but never on the really big screen at the movie theatre. Now that I think of the significance of these words, I kind of wish I had sprung for the VIP cinema experience.
Now, before you go knocking my moment, consider this, for a date, the movie theatre is a potential minefield. Consider the following:
- What if you want to sit in different places–centre or closer to the aisles?
- What if one of you likes popcorn and the other doesn’t?
- What if one of you, and only one of you, is a talker?
- What if you have different viewpoints on trailers and the like?
- What if one of you wants to stay for the end credit scene and the other doesn’t? (Yes, I am a fan of Marvel movies)
Am I over thinking this? Probably. However, having it turn out well, certainly makes it Today’s Perfect Moment.