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5 Movies That Are Retroactively Sadder - Dark Knight to Furious 7

Firefilm | 20 Aug 2015 14:01
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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 light-hearted 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:

"Movies That Are Retroactively Sadder"

Movies are magical snapshots of false history. The scene you see is only one point of view, mostly because all the others are filed with cameramen, production assistants and craft service trucks. This illusion is held up in order to entertain and provide escapism, but that veneer can be shattered if you hit it hard enough. Just like poetry has different interpretations decades after being penned, movies can seem more poignant and powerful with some age behind them. Unfortunately with age comes changes, and if an actor dies or a tabloid-worthy event stands to ruin someone's career, a weight is added to the entire production. Below is a list of movies where that weight was channeled into greatness.

1. What Dreams May Come

This film is, for my money, the best example ever committed to celluloid (or digital data) regarding the afterlife. Not only is it beautiful in both script and sight, but the different interpretations of how the afterlife might look is thought-provoking. Ideas such as punishment, judgment, self-identity, even concepts of a personalized afterlife mixed with a communal one is addressed. The main plot revolves around Robin Williams trying to save his wife from the eternal punishment he believes awaits suicide victims, and ultimately the fact that they were soulmates allows him to do it.

Robin Williams unfortunately committed suicide. I don't say this to profit or benefit from the shock, it's just a fact. That fact juxtaposed with this film is what makes me sad. The man made the most beautiful interpretation of the afterlife (including the punishment that awaits suicide victims) that the world has ever known, and then ended up potentially damning himself to that very fate. The only thing that keeps me from fully coming apart is the hope that in the far future when his spouse passes, she'll save him and live in the paradise showcased in this film.

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