I love movies. Everyone who knows me can testify to that. Not just because it serves as a convenient distraction from my life’s happenings; I pick up expressions, update my vocabulary and get new ideas for my stories. So I get to be somewhat selective about the movies I watch. Movies should get me emotional. It should make me laugh my head off and cry my eyes out when the scene calls for it. I shouldn’t feel like I wasted two hours of my time watching something that gave me nothing to ponder over and talk about.
I love both action-packed movies and romantic comedies. Talk about Iron Man, Most Wanted, Salt, Mission Impossible, Antman, Avengers…I could goon and on and I don’t mind watching it over and over again. As to the love-themed movies, I can think of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Blended, Parent Trap, Footloose, 17 again, Tangled and several others which takes me on fantasy ride about Mr. Right, the One and the other cute names we give to the idea of the better half out there.
To be a character in a movie, who would say no to that?! I’m torn between the two actually. To be a damsel in distress who the hero defies the odds to save sounds cool; and to find love in the midst of life’s usual circumstances doesn’t sound so bad either.
I enjoy action-filled thrillers because apart from the love aspect, there are other issues that crop up that keeps you thinking. Such movies are filled with hard choices with need to be made; whether to stand for what you believe in or sometimes compromise for the greater good. It also reveals how courageous or cowardly one actually is in the light of tough and dangerous situations. At the end of the day when the battle had been won, the question is whether the sacrifices made were worth the achievement or was the price too high to pay and regret was what you were left with?
Romantic comedies are easier to relate to although sometimes the plot could be too cheesy for comfort. Most real life stories are romantic comedies or tragedies playing out. It is either you get the girl/guy, someone else does or you die for love. It may not be as dramatic as we see it on our screens but hey, your life is your movie. You can make it as dramatic as you want it to be.
I am not the adventure-seeking type; I prefer to play it safe but for the opportunity to play a character in a movie, I think I’d venture to come out of my comfort zone. I’d get to laugh, cry, freak out, chase or be chased by the bad guys, escape death narrowly and have a feel of life outside daily comfort. It’s a challenge I wouldn’t mind taking.
That’s just me; what about you, would you choose to play the character where you get to have ‘a moment’ with that fine girl or guy for whom you’d put everything else on hold just to be with that special one or would you like to be the to save or be saved by someone in a chaotic life? Please share, always love to read your thoughts!
Josephine Amoako © 2016