There are moments in movies that make us cry. The joy, the tragedy, the swell of emotions that comes with that heart string tugging moment. Yet, I think we cry at some movie moments for the wrong reasons. I think we've been duped by Hollywood and there is another reason such emotional moments are worth our pitiful precipitation from our peepers. Allow me to explain...
This was the last film I cried to. The moment came as Forrest stood over the grave of his beloved Jenny. I wept, I'll admit it, but not for the reason everyone else was. They all thought it was so sad that Forrest's one true love was gone and he couldn't see her any more. Me, I thought Forrest, a fundamentally good man, had wasted so much of his heart on a horrid woman who didn't deserve his affection. This woman was a junkie who abandoned Forrest, who shunned his chivalry when he rescued her from those who would molest her, who only went back to him because she was in trouble. And when did she discover her true love for him? A few years after squeezing out his sprog, rapidly receding to the grave with a terminal disease, she suddenly spots that Forrest was the one for her all along. She didn't deserve his love. She deserved a Fathers For Justice campaign on her balcony!
That moment when Will Smith goes running after Eva Mendes is one that got a few of my friends in tears. Me, I was enraged at it. If you watch the film carefully, the reason their relationship falls apart is 100% because Eva Mendes's character is a complete douchebag, making a slanderous judgement about Hitch without finding out the facts. She then wrecks his career where he has been helping people who deserve and need his aid. At this point, she puts up a struggle about whether she is going to take him back. Unbelievable! You're Will Smith, you can do better! The ending of this film made me want to cry because it just reinforced the notion that men should put up with women's crap. Why? Just because!
"I'll be right here" ET says to Elliott, as he leaves for his ship. People watching begin to sob because ET has to go and Elliott will miss him. Me, I'm thinking of the psychological scarring that will come from his experience and indeed the endless experiments NASA will conduct on him for the rest of his life. And possible probes. In all the painful places. Now that is something to bring a tear to anyone's eyes.
DEAD POETS SOCIETY
As Robin Williams get fired and is paraded out of the classroom to the cry "O Captain, my Captain!", everyone wells up. The reason they should be is because they just wasted two hours that they will never get back. Yes, Robert Sean Leonard kills himself but you honestly don't care. When he shows up as Wilson in House, you don't even give Dead Poets Society a passing thought. It's a crap film in every way.
I could go on but I think I've made my point. Stop being emotional basket cases. Some of your tears are not warranted!