Friday, November 20, 2009
The New Leonardo(s)
Last night my sister and I went to a midnight screening of New Moon, the latest installment of the Twilight saga. While I did enjoy the first film, I have not read the books and I do not consider myself a mega-fan, but my sister has read the books and was so excited to go to the screening. Somehow she talked me into it despite the fact that we would be spending hours in line at the theater, outside in the cold, on a work night and surrounded by teen girls who took to squealing at the mention of the names "Edward" or "Jacob". I was basically just along for the ride.
After about 3 hours in line, we finally got in and settled. The actual film did not start until about 1am, which meant by the time I got home and in bed it was about 3:30am. When my alarm went off at 6:30am this morning signaling the unfortunate and disgusting truth that it was time to wake up and attempt to function, I kind of wanted to punch something.
I'm just being honest.
However, despite being overwhelmingly tired (which I am telling myself is good practice for when I have children), I did enjoy the film and I think that it is worth seeing. I really had zero expectations going into it but I came out feeling like I had been thoroughly entertained by the tales of vampires and werewolves. In the same vein as the Harry Potter films, you are quickly whisked away into a completely new world where the lines of good and evil are not so clearly drawn as they may seem and it is quite a wild ride complete with teen angst, young love and lots of guys with their shirts off.
Oh yes - the guys with no shirts. This caused QUITE a commotion in the theater as all of the young teen girls who surrounded us hooped and hollered whenever their on-screen crushes displayed their dreaminess. I was most entertained by their reactions and it took me back to a time when all I really cared about was one thing: Leonardo DiCaprio.
I was 15 when a little film called Titanic hit the theaters. To say that I was obsessed with Leonardo after seeing that film does not even begin to describe it. He consumed my thoughts. I would sit in class and dream about him. My bedroom was lined, wall to wall, with Leonardo DiCaprio pictures. I even wrote to Oprah, telling her I was his BIGGEST fan and that if she could just arrange for me to meet him on her show, I would be forever grateful.
SO WEIRD I never heard back from her...
In total, I saw Titanic in the theaters 8 times. 8 TIMES PEOPLE!!! It was ridiculous.
Over the years however, my acute passion for Leo became a bit muted and less of a distraction, but listening to those girls scream the second that Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner graced the screen took me back to that time in my life where I actually thought that perhaps, one day, Leo would knock on my door, tell me he has been waiting for me his entire life and whisk me away to live happily ever after. I couldn't help but smile as I heard a girl say to her friend, who were both sitting behind us, "Ohhhh...I want him to kiss ME like that!"
It was just adorable and made up for the waiting in the cold and the exhaustion today. That time in our lives is so fleeting and brief but also so important and it was just a nice reminder of years gone by.
If any of you go to see the film with friends, daughters, etc. I hope that you enjoy it. I also hope that you get to experience some of the frenzy and that it takes you back to that one celebrity that was IT for you.
Have a great weekend everyone!