If you won the lottery today, what would you do (besides pay off your debts)? Maybe get a house? Maybe have a makeover? Maybe travel the world? You might quit your job depending on the size of the pot. And then what? Adventure after adventure, if you’re asking me.
Alright, dream on. Few of us live that kind of magical, exciting life. But most of us know a little bit about it — thanks to the movies. We’ve watched a character (who works an entry-level job but somehow has a beautiful New York City apartment) get a surprise ticket to another country only to embark on an adventure for the ages. Through the movies, I’ve been to Greece, Singapore, Argentina, Iran and Rwanda. Through the movies, I’ve completed impossible missions, defeated the undead and become a princess.
Movies, like other works of fiction, broaden our perspective, heighten our empathy and teach us about what it means to be a human in the world. The thing movies do that books do not is center us in a visual reality. Combine great storytelling with potent visuals, and it’s no wonder that each of us has a favorite movie that we can never watch too many times.