Just yesterday I got the opportunity to go watch Poms and so I took it. I gotta say I’m glad I did. It was a really beautiful, feel good, sort of film.
Martha is an introverted woman who moves to a retirement community that has shuffleboard, golf, bowling and other activities. Hoping to be left alone, she meets Sheryl, a fun-loving neighbor who insists that they become best pals. After coming out of her shell, Martha and her new friend decide to form a cheerleading squad with their fellow residents. As the two women hold auditions, they soon learn that it’s never too late to follow your dreams, even when the odds are stacked against you.
A lot of these films with elderly characters tend to jump out and surprise me. There’s a sort of humor and character that is incredibly strong that comes from age and the youth in it can be something surprising for a younger person. However, every time I go to a film like this one I see mostly elderly people going to watch it and I think that’s such a shame. I mean we’re all going to get to that age someday (ideally) so why not have a glimpse of what could be? Also, films like this are also generally humorous and joyful so I wish more people gave it a chance.
Anyways, what I loved most about this film was that it showed it doesn’t matter what age you are or what is going wrong in your life, you can still make the best of things and do something amazing with what you have in front of you. Martha was at the end of her life, she had cancer, she just moved out of the apartment she had lived in for 43 years, she seemed to have no family, and any old friends weren’t present. Essentially she moved away so she could die alone.
But, she finds friends in this new place. She finds the rebirth of the old hobby she’d never once thought she’d have a chance to get back. She found herself a second chance and a means to really live out her last days instead of dying locked up.
I loved each friend she made. Each woman had their own beautiful personalities and something of youth in them. They were bold and funny and just generally wonderful. Yes, they had their flaws and their own way of things, but that’s human.
Maybe it’s just that I overthink things until they reach oblivion, but I want to really live my life in such a way that I do the things that I want to do and don’t let life pass me by in the now. It’s something that most of us think about and want, but a lot of times we create the obstacles to be larger then they really are and we let things slip through our fingers when they really don’t have to. I don’t want to live my life and be old and grey crying over the fact that I didn’t let myself really live for the majority of my life. I don’t want to say that I missed out on this or that opportunity when I could have made something work.
In this lifetime, I want to be at the end of my lifetime saying ‘I did it! I lived! I loved and I loved fully! I gave it my best.’ And to go out remembering it all and smiling at how the light was always greater then the dark through it all.
and maybe, the message of this movie is simple. Something quite on the nose, but you don’t need things to be complicated to enjoy them. This movie made me laugh and shed a few tears and gave me several hours of meditating over how I actually want to live. So for me, this movie is 1000% worth watching.
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-Till next time!