NEWTS #3: Independent at an Independent

Okay, I decided to take it easy this week too with my challenge, but I promise they will get more ‘challenging’ as I go on. Summer makes me lazy okay.

This week, I decided to go to the cinema on my own. That’s something I’ve never done, although I have watched movies on my own before. I also decided to try out an independent cinema nearby that I’ve been wanting to go to since I spotted it 3 years ago. 2 birds with one stone and all that. So I looked up the cinema timetable and found some titles I liked, watched some trailers, changed my mind about some of them, narrowed it down by taking into account date and time, and voila: I settled on Arrietty. (I struggled to pick between Arrietty and Princess Mononoke, but Arrietty won because it was on earlier. Don’t fret though, Princess Mononoke is on my list!).

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So I’d never been much into anime until I became friends with someone who was. We watched Death Note together and the odd movie, which I loved. I really like the storylines because I find them quite quirky and original. Arrietty is rated U so I half expected to be the oldest one at the cinema. Nevertheless, as I walked in (right on time, may I add), there was already a middle aged man in the front row. I picked a seat near the back and right in the centre of the row. I was curious to see who else was coming to see it. A mother and toddler, a young girl who brought a book to read during the trailers (I like that!), an elderly man (who decided to sit 2 seats away from me in a practically empty cinema…. 👌🏾) and a group of giggly girls. I got comfy in my seat and tried my best not to choke on my too-peppery-homemade popcorn.

The film was beautiful. I know it’s animated, so the scenery wasn’t real, but it was still pretty to look at. It reminded me a bit of thumbelina. I really would recommend it. It’s easy to watch. Some parts of the story were not explained however. At the end of the film I felt that it hadn’t really wrapped up, if you know what I mean. I can focus on the positive here, in that I can create my own explanations. So I made up my own ending on the journey home. I won’t write it down (spoilers), but I’ll hint to the fact that I prefer realistic over happy endings.

Overall, I found the experience of going to the cinema alone quite hassle-free and efficient. It was even quite relaxing (bar getting lost on the way and not knowing whether I would miss the beginning of the film). There were quite a few people on their own too, so it doesn’t feel that weird !

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Some lovely geese were waiting for me after the film to congratulate me on completing my TNS (‘try something new’) this week.

Olive

P.S. You are welcome to drop me a message if you have seen it and really would like to know what ending/explanation I came up with. I will try not to forget it.

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