Responding to a man who felt depressed after seeing Avatar because this world did not match the beauty of the imaginary world of James Cameron‘s creation, Ann Althouse muses that when she was “was younger . . . [,] movies had a very strong effect on me, but it wasn’t that it turned the world disappointingly gray“:
When I walked out into the light after a great movie, my experience was that things seemed sharpened, intensified, and refreshed. The real world felt newly real. It was more in color — the opposite of depression.
Yea, that describes it. Reminds me of how I felt when, as a young’un, I first saw Star Wars and its sequels. And I’ve still felt that, on occasion, as an adult, when I’ve seen a really good movie. Such flicks kind of inspire me in a way, to be a better person and to work harder toward my aspirations.