DISCLAIMER: This is not a series dedicated to proving men shouldn't cry, or to suggest ONLY women cry and are therefore inferior. The goal of this series is to dispel the pre-established (yet flawed) notion that being "manly" and being disconnected from your emotions go hand-in-hand. Even the most macho of men enjoy and even shed a tear at films, and the sooner we can admit that the sooner the concept that one sex is better than the other can go away. While the approach to these articles is one of lighthearted comedy, the emotional core is valid. While men might be more hesitant to admit it, movies often times have the potential to make us cry, for example:
"Game Changing Movies"
There are some films that are so powerful, so impactful, so definitive that they cease to be films anymore. Like the iPod, these films become benchmarks of culture, and countless copycats and homages come afterwards just driving home the point of how important these movies are. Sure there's merchandise and people who find flaws in the narrative, but at the end of the day you can define what decade you're talking about by listing one of these films. "Oh, that's the decade that X movie came out," you might say, though in reality there's usually more than one of these game-changing movies per 10-year span. These movies define genres and sometimes even start new ones. Motifs and clichés that make an audience groan due to overuse...they were done the first time in these films and usually done best as well. Being so well known and exposed, you might think it obvious that every facet of these movies has been explored, but it's important to remind ourselves how good they are. And remind ourselves how they make us cry.
I somewhat lump The Empire Strikes Back into this entry as well, but you can't deny that Hollywood wouldn't have been able to take the ballsy gambles it did with Empire without this film coming first and doing as well as it did. Ending a movie with the main characters either crippled or captured by the enemy? Previously unheard of at the time, yet think how many movies follow that pattern now! The rich worlds, colorful characters, otherworldly--yet oddly familiar--motivations all conspire to craft a film that clearly defined not only a generation, but a culture. Hell, there's a legally recognized religion that came from this movie! Between Spaceballs, "Robot Chicken," and "Family Guy" all spoofing Star Wars yet staying respectful to the source material, plus the metric ton of money in merchandise, this film was truly a game changer.
Ignoring all we know about the sequels and expanded lore, Luke's journey is incredibly sad in this first installment. He didn't so much decide to go on his hero's journey, but his family was burned alive. Not much of a choice between something and burnt, crispy nothing. Then he bonds with a new father figure WHO THEN ALSO DIES! Note, at this point we didn't know that Obi was magic-alive, so for all we knew Luke was losing his mind from grief when he heard Obi talking. That's dark.