I've spent the last day having this conversation:
Kate: I saw Children of Men the other night. It was pretty much the most brutal, yet uplifting movie I've ever seen. I can't stop thinking about it. I couldn't sleep the night I saw it because I just kept thinking and thinking. It was just so powerful and intense. It might have been the most relentlessly intense movie ever created- but also kind of funny. And the battle scenes? Holy crap, you just really really feel like you are in the battle. It's terrifying and riveting and just so so disturbing. You should go.
Other Person: Hmm. Based on what you just told me, I don't think I really want to see that movie. It doesn't sound like a very fun way to spend an afternoon.
Kate: Well, no. It's not really a fun movie. It's just really, really good. Please go see it. You really need to see it in the theater.
Other Person: Well...I don't know. I guess I'll see it. You want to see it again with me?
Kate: Oh God, no. Maybe in a month I'll be ready to see it again. I need a break.
Other Person: Yeeeah. (long beat) I just don't think I want to see that movie.
Kate: But you have to! It's like, the most terrifying vision of the near future, EVER. And it's so real. You will just really feel like you have entered a future without hope.
Other Person: I don't want to enter a future without hope.
Kate: Well, no......I suppose you wouldn't.....But the movie really does have a hopeful tone. When you experience a glimmer of hope in a hopeless world it makes you feel very joyful. Surprisingly joyful. I cried for almost the entire last hour of the movie.
Other Person: Geez. I don't want to cry for an hour. It just sounds really violent and awful.
Kate: Well, yeah...but also joyful. Just trust me, you should see it. I promise you'll agree it's a great movie.
Kate: It's a really good movie.
Kate: It's very high on my list of all time best movies.
Kate: It sort of made me want to jump off a bridge. Or have a baby. Or quit my job and attempt to overthrow the government. It definitely made me want to start stockpiling canned goods and bottled water. I dunno, it's hard to explain. It just one of those movies that makes you feel a lot of things, ya know?
Kate: I just can't explain how intense it is. You have got to see it.
Other Person: (obviously just humoring me) Yeah. Okay. I'll see it eventually.
Kate: Also, Clive Owen is really, really hot in Children of Men.
Other Person: ......(sighing) Kate, please let it go.
Kate: No, seriously. Really. Hot. You should see him.
Other Person: You are so annoying.
Kate: Yeah. I know.