Rethinking ‘Peggy Sue Got Married’

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*Editor’s note: I originally wrote this on Tumblr but never published it. It stayed in my drafts for years. I have since consequently deleted my Tumblr account. I also talked about this film on a podcast I did in 2013. If you’re interested in listening to that podcast you can find it here.  Also, I realize this isn’t horror-related but hey, I like film and not always blood-splattered ones. 

Sometimes, when you talk about a film, you talk about yourself. It’s often revealing to dissect a movie because you are essentially deconstructing things while also deconstructing yourself along the way. Art is life – life is art and it is both delightful and painful to re-watch movies you have not seen for some time, but it’s an experience I recommend; especially if your memory of a film is either one of either great joy or disgust. Why? People mature.

I’m paraphrasing Roger Ebert here but the way in which you view a piece of art changes over time, or at least that’s the way it’s supposed to work. More often than not, when you re-watch a movie, you will discover new things about it, the story line and, more importantly, yourself. Sometimes these things will throw you for a loop if enough time passes.

Take ‘Peggy Sue Got Married,‘ for example, released in 1986 and directed by Francis Ford Coppola of all people. Now, I was never a huge fan of this film as a kid. In fact, I hated it. I couldn’t relate to it at all and promptly forgot about it. For one it’s an extremely “White” film, which is fine but it teeters on the surreal, a la Leave It To Beaver meets The Twilight Zone, but that’s kind of the point. Long story short, I watched it decades later and was surprised how much I enjoyed it.

Read the rest of the review here.