I don’t cry at films. That might make me seem like an emotionless monster, but it’s true. Some people sob the moment they see a small kitten or when the girl meets the guy of their dreams or whatever, but not me. You could drown a sackful of defenseless puppies and a tear would not roll down my cheek. It’s not that I don’t get upset or get a lump in my throat, but the physical act of crying during a film is not one I’m familiar with.
However, there are some films that push me right to the edge and very nearly make me cry. Here they are:
E.T. is one of the films I grew up watching and is one of my all-time favourites. It’s got everything; it makes you laugh, it’s scary at times but it’s also one that still make me all sad and that when he finally climbs aboard his spaceship and buggers off home. It’s emotionally manipulative, sure, but it works (actually more so now than it did when I was younger).
Now I haven’t seen this film in quite a while and it’s only really on here because it was the first film I can remember watching that properly put a lump in my throat (E.T. only really did that the older I’ve got). When Bruce Willis sacrifices himself for mankind and puts his trust in Ben Affleck to look after his daughter, it’s the ultimate altruistic act. However, I’d probably get more sad now thinking how Bruce will never get to see Liv Tyler again. Poor guy.
Into the Wild
The true story of Chris ‘Alexander Supertramp’ McCandless is an incredible and tragic one. It has plenty of inspirational scenes and it feels really uplifting, making you want to run away and see the world. Until the ending when the whole thing comes crashing down in a waterfall of loneliness and despair. Cracking stuff.
12 Years a Slave
The most recent film on the list, 12 Years a Slave is an emotionally draining film and is not an easy watch at all. However, the part that really got me was seeing Patsey being whipped incessantly not just by her slave master but also by her fellow slave Solomon. The brutal, unflinching and relentless and I just wanted it to stop.
Who doesn’t love Cool Runnings? There’s virtually nothing throughout the whole film that would even remotely bring a tear to your eye, and even when their dream collapses and the bobsleigh overturns isn’t that emotional. But when the crew get up and carry the bobsleigh over the finish line? That’s the moment that gets you. Those plucky Jamaicans.
The Lion King
Seeing the moment when Simba tries to bring round his dad Mufasa after being trampled by a herd of wildebeest was the first time I realised Disney could be such bastards! Bambi obviously did it much earlier, but The Lion King is much more heart wrenching.
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
The King’s Speech
This is quite a personal one for me as I myself have a stammer so could totally relate with Colin Firth’s King George. Well, apart from the being king part. It’s something that affects me every time I open my mouth, so hearing him deliver the speech at the end of the film really did get to me.
Toy Story 3
This is the killer. No other film makes me want to (almost) cry like a baby quite like Toy Story 3. The ending is pretty sad when Andy leaves his toys with someone else, but it’s the scene in the furnace that does it. The moment they all hold hands as they slide closer and closer to the fire? Jeez. I can feel the tears working their way up and then… nothing.
So what films have you blubbing like a child every time you watch them? Or are you a soulless monster like myself?