Anywho, I had a few folks ask my opinion on it so I thought I'd try to get my feelings down
I walked into this movie knowing what to expect. I was told that they did a great job researching the facts, but obviously it was a little "Hollywood". I was also told that it didn't necessarily focus on the Boston Marathon itself or the runners, but more on the manhunt that ensued afterwards (which I can understand since it makes for more of an "action" film). With that said, I still wasn't really expecting what happened.
During the previews the hubby and I did our normal "thing", where we give the movie a thumbs up or thumbs down as to whether we would want to see it (Really?! A Fast and the Furious 8?! EIGHT?!). And then it happened...
As soon as the movie started I started getting panicky. I knew the story, I knew what happened, but it was like my heart couldn't take it. From the opening scene until the credits I think I was crying for 95% of the film. I had friends who were running that race. I had friends who crossed the finish line shortly before the bombs started blasting. I had friends who could have been among those injured or killed.
This wasn't just a movie or a story, this was REAL! And it hit real close to home.
For those of you who don't know, I qualified for the Boston Marathon this past October and hopefully will be able to register later in the year for the 2018 race. This race is not only one of the world's oldest continuously running marathons, but it is one of the most prestigious! Runners can work their entire "career" to qualify for this race and still never get in. This isn't just 'any old race', this is a pinnacle race. The best of the best run their booties off in hopes of claiming one of the coveted spots to toe the line in Hopkinton and make that final left onto Boylston Street.
These men, these terrorists not only attacked Boston, not only attacked a race, they attacked a community...
Ryan looked at me as we were walking out and asked if I liked it. With tears streaming down my face he quickly realized the answer.
It was too real, too close to home.
Literally it took me half way through dinner to try and compose myself (the hubby joked and said that the folks at the restaurant probably thought he was a rude guy and was making his wife cry).
Don't get me wrong, I thought this was a very well done film, but I don't know that I was ready for it. Just as I don't think I am able to watch a movie about 9/11 (one of my cousins worked in the World Trade Center and I still remember the panicky feeling I had when none of us could reach him), I don't think I was ready for this one. It hurt my heart.
I love how Boston, the running community and the world at large rallied. I love that an action that attempted to instill fear and hatred in the hearts of many has actually been flipped on its head to cause strength and perseverance. There will always be "bad" people in the world, those who are willing to cause harm to others; we live in a fallen world and there is no way to get around that. But love can conquer all.
PS I am not saying this is a bad movie or that people shouldn't see it, just that I was not expecting it to affect me the way it did... so if you're going to see it, think about if your heart can truly handle it before stepping into the theater.
Have you seen Patriots Day?