There’s a brand new movie on Amazon Prime called “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris.” Last night, in a “date night” double feature, we paid the fee for the early access movie and snuggled on the couch to watch it. It was ADORABLE!
The movie is sweet, hopeful and cheerful! We’d just finished a real spy-vs-spy action flick and “Mrs. Harris” was the perfect follow-up. The fact that both were set in international locales we’ve come to know and love didn’t hurt a bit! In fact, those scenes in places we’ve been spark my wanderlust to see something new.
“Mrs. Harris” reminded me of a classic I watched a couple of weeks ago, “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.” A 1947 black and white starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison, it’s a love story with a tug-at-your-heartstrings ending.
I love watching movies. I’m a big fan of love stories, but I also love a good comedy, the constant-thrills of a good action flick and I have a penchant for war movies. I speak movie quotes fluently and rarely turn down an opportunity to curl up on the couch and tune in to a Hallmark-like tale of lost love rediscovered.
As a kid, the old classics were rare. You’d have to catch a Sunday matinee on one of three channels, or wait for a rerun. “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Ten Commandments” were annual must-see events in my family.
For years you could pop over to Blockbuster or dig through the discount bin at Walmart for a CD of a favorite old movie and watch it on-demand in the comfort of your living room.
Now all you have to do is reach for the remote and tell Alexa to find what you want to see. Most of the time the oldies are free, but once in a while there’s a nominal fee to watch (or even buy) the movie that came up in conversation or shook loose in your brain and created a visual craving.
Rarely … and I mean exceptionally rarely … something new comes on the scene that gives you that old-movie feel. It takes you on a vacation through its scenes. It warms your heart. It is destined to be one of those I-could-watch-that-again movies that’s always in your mind. I’m so glad they are rare, because that makes them more precious.
There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. Let an old movie inspire you to visit somewhere you’ve never been.
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