In 2005, the wonderful science fiction/fantasy/adventure film Sharkboy and Lavagirl was released at theatres over the globe. As a six-year-old who aspired to be an adventurer, I was excited (to say the least) to see the inevitably phenomenal film. After days of begging, my mum packed me into the car, and off we went to see my first ever 3D film. Walking into the theatre was magical – I had my brand new cardboard 3D glasses with red and blue lenses, a giant Coke and popcorn, and I was surrounded by kids who, like me, were ready to pee from excitement. I forced mum to put me into one of those clunky, plastic booster seats (even though I was the tallest kid I knew), and the movie began.
In January of 2018, the wonderful science fiction/fantasy film Black Panther was released at theatres over the globe. As a nineteen-year-old who enjoys critically analysing films and then talking about them constantly for the following weeks, I was moderately excited to see the film. After days of organising, a group of us got together and met at my local theatre. The huge line was filled with people who smelled like beer, sadness, and broken dreams, and the $10 film was somehow bumped up to $28 with a mere small Coke and popcorn. I kind of needed to pee, but public toilets are disgusting. We picked our spots up the back, away from everyone else, and the movie began.
Though my nineteen-year-old self may be slightly more cynical, I walked out of the theatre as happy as my six-year-old self. Both films are amazing and are filled with positive messages and kick-ass leads, encouraging me to be better. Black Panther is a highly diverse, original, and intelligent film, and looking back now, I can acknowledge the terrible quality of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in comparison. However, the feeling both experiences gave me is something that keeps me going – the feeling that I can do anything I wanted, despite all the obstacles in the way. In that theatre, whether it be two months or thirteen years ago, there was a sense of comradery amongst us – that we could be adventurers too. Some films aren’t just about the message within, but they’re about how they make us feel and how they change us in the real world, even if it is just for a few hours.