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:
"Saying Goodbye in the Movies"
After years of working for the Escapist, Firefilm's time is at an end. There are no hard feelings and I'm sure we'll have a web presence in some form or another, but for the time being our relationship with this fine website is at an end. As emotional is this is, from No Right Answer to Guy Cry Cinema, we look forward to new opportunities and adventure. And movies are no strangers to the emotional gut punch that is saying goodbye to characters you've just bonded with over the course of the runtime. A good cinematic story is scientifically designed to create emotional bonds between the viewer and the characters on screen, so any farewell worth its salt will take advantage of that bond and remind the viewer how much they've invested in these fictional creations. While there are more than enough quality goodbyes in film to fill any list, here are 5 that hit me hard. Once more into the breach, shall we?
Behold, a movie built from start to finish about avoiding and then eventually accepting a goodbye. Such a simple story that only J.J.Abrams could mess it up with Super 8, an alien is stranded on Earth and is found by a group of kids. A friendship is forged through mutual curiosity and fear of the towering adults that pursue them (the entire film is shot low from a child's height). This is one of the films you smack in a skeptic's face when they claim Spielberg is overrated. The majesty of his filming, the simplicity of the friendship between Ellioooooooot and the alien, and the fear we all had as a generation when E.T. lay dead on the autopsy table (don't worry, he comes back).
The ending where Elliott and by extension the audience has to say goodbye to E.T. is one of the most heartbreaking farewells in cinematic history. This rubber puppet with an LED finger somehow earns more of our tears than a thousand live actors, and that is the power of this movie.