Do you watch the credits once the movie has ended? It’s an old art, an old-fashioned thing to do. I kind of like it. It allows me to feel the aftermath of what I have just watched and felt. And sometimes, rarely, the credits are more than just credits. They are little pearls.
I’ve started watching The Kominsky Method on Netflix. I don’t usually watch series. I stick with movies because they don’t seduce me into binge-watching. I stumbled into this one by mistake. I just saw Michael Douglas. I like him so I just pressed “play” after I saw the trailer and there I was. Binge-watching.
It’s a beautiful series, about life, about loss, about love. It sounds a bit flat the way I put it here. In fact, it’s really good. I just don’t have the right words to do it justice. Let’s just say, it had me in tears. Every single one of the first three episodes. In a good way. Which is why I interrupted the autoplay of the next episode and hit “watch credits” instead to collect myself.
I almost missed it. There was just a flicker of a quote. I only caught part of it. Given the state of my eyes. But it resonated with me straight away. So I hit rewind. To stick with the old-fashioned word. And there it was:
I liked it. Don’t you? And I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, I was glad, my tears had made me pause. Otherwise I would have missed it.
Sometimes a good pause in the right moment really does help change perspective. So next time around, again teary-eyed, I purposefully waited for the credits hoping for another pearl. And sure enough there it was (warning: cover your eyes or skip entirely if you can’t stomach swear words):
I think I needed to hear this today. I’d just seen a friend. A friend that I had hurt without meaning to. I kinda felt that I was right because I hadn’t meant to. And yet. Well. It still hurt.
So I apologized. Somewhat delayed. But I did.
Sometimes it’s worth waiting for the credits.