free solo

Extravagance isn’t free, right? Or experienced solo. Much.

MTM and I are driving three hours one-way to see the movie “Free Solo” in IMAX. Have you heard of it? HERE’S A LINK TO THE MOVIE WEBSITE.

We’ve gone back-and-forth for weeks, hoping the producers would release the IMAX version someplace near our home in Charleston. Predictably, the IMAX version of “Free Solo” isn’t playing in a single South Carolina theater.

But it’s showing in Charlotte. So this was our conversation earlier.

Me: “I think we’re really going to regret not seeing “Free Solo” on a big screen. It won’t be the same on our computer screen.”

MTM: “Yeah, but driving all that way just for a movie seems too extravagant. I can’t really justify it.”

Me: “You know what’s extravagant? THOSE CLEMSON PEOPLE WHO SPEND THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS A YEAR ON DAMN FOOTBALL GAMES. ME, FLYING TO NEW YORK FOR TWENTY-FOUR HOURS TO SEE “HAMILTON.” Megan Markle’s wardrobe. Edible gold leaf. Private jets. The whole film “Crazy Rich Asians.” Driving to another city to see a movie? THAT IS NOT EXTRAVAGANT.”

MTM: “It’s tempting. I mean, I imagine it’s like “Inception” or “Interstellar.” I can’t imagine watching those on a small screen.”

Me: “Right? And one reason this movie is getting such limited release is because of DAMN “BIRD BOX” AND NETFLIX REFUSING TO SHOW “ROMA” IN WIDE THEATER RELEASE AND” *sob* “WHAT ARE WE COMING TO?!?”

MTM: “What is “Bird Box” even about?”

Me: “IT’S “A QUIET PLACE!!!!!” ONLY WITH EYESIGHT INSTEAD OF SOUND!!!!!!!!!”

MTM: “Are you on your period? Did you do yoga today?”

Me: “NO!!!! I JUST WANT TO SEE “FREE SOLO” IN A THEATER WITHOUT BEING TOLD I’M EXTRAVAGANT!”

MTM: “I’ll buy tickets as soon as we get home.”

So yay. We’re seeing “Free Solo” on Saturday. In Charlotte. And I’m buying a super-extravagant vat of buttered popcorn.

If MTM is lucky, I might share.

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