One of the best things about the modern world is the fact that there’s no stigma attached to watching lots of movies anymore. Even the stigma attached to watching lots of television is gone. You’ll actually read Twitter posts where people talk about how they feel guilty for missing this particular show. People will talk about how they definitely have to see this particular movie. Growing up, our generation got told that TV and movies are just there to waste your time. Now, if you say you don’t like TV or movies, you’re a square.
I’m exaggerating a little, but that’s the idea. Watching a movie is practically treated like an accomplishment now, and that’s the way that it should be.
There’s only so much that anyone can do in one lifetime. We can’t all become cops, astrophysicists, chefs, mountain climbers, writers, or comedians, and we certainly can’t do all of those jobs in a span of eighty years. It would be nice if all of us could bypass all of the training and just jump into being all of those things for a little while just to see what it’s like, but we can’t do that either – except at the movies. More importantly, you can escape into all of those worlds for a little while with none of the normal consequences.
You can join the protagonist and be a cop for a little while, but no one is going to shoot you for real. You can be an astrophysicist, even though you don’t have to really do any of the calculations when you’re vicariously studying space. Plus, you’ll be able to do so in a way that’s going to feel more real than it actually is.