Why I Might Not Go See ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ In Theaters
I’ve decided I might not go see the new Batman movie in theaters.
This is a weird thing for me to say being I’d been looking forward to this movie since I heard about it coming out. (I even marked it on my calendar back in November for its release).
Recently, however, my perspective on things has shifted.
Two nights ago I was talking to Antonia about things in life that we place too much importance on, like cellphones and the internet, and this movie came up.
“I’m not going to see it in theaters,” She said to me.
“Why?” I asked
“Because its not worth it,” was her reply.
At first I was shocked. “What!” I thought, “Not worth it? Its like the most anticipated movie of the summer!”
For the past two days, however, her words have been replaying in my mind. As I thought about them, and replayed them, over and over again, I realized something: this movie, in the scheme of life, does not matter.
It is not important.
It might entertain us for 2 hours and 40 minutes, but in the end it will not change our lives. Odds are we won’t be telling stories about it to our grand kids. We won’t build a life philosophy off of it (or at least I hope not). It might excite us or disappoint us, but in the end it will only excite or disappoint us for a fleeting moment.
There are things that matter more: face-to-face conversations; adventures; words written; love given; friendships; shared moments; sketches drawn; days embraced; laughter; joy; hope; etc…
Those are the things I’d rather have. Because the truth is: I don’t want to escape, I want to experience the life before me and dig dig deep for its beauty.
So will I see the movie in theaters? I’m not sure yet. But I do know that if I do see it, it will be with a renewed perspective.