Movies that make me cry, part 1Posted: June 25, 2011
I’m a very emotional person. It’s taken me a while to realize this because I’m loath to acknowledge characteristics about myself that conform to certain stereotypes. Being loud, opinionated, sensitive, and emotional (all things that I am on occasion) tend to be stereotypical traits of black women or women in general.
But I am very emotional. I can’t help it. I cry frequently and randomly as hell. Movies often trigger the waterworks even when they’re not supposed to. Certain music makes me cry and certain, random people that I see. Something in their face makes my tear ducts start working overtime.
The last movie that made me sob was Toy Story 3. I know, I know, say what you will. I can’t even explain it, but I was literally bawling when that movie was over. People were staring at me as I walked out the theatre with tears flooding down my cheeks.
“What’s wrong with you?” one girl (who never ever cries) snapped with irritation. “It’s just, it’s just–” I started crying even more because I couldn’t articulate why that last scene with Andy and the little girl playing with Woody and Buzz Lightyear made me so distraught.
Yesterday I cried at the end of a movie*. No sobbing this time, just some temporary blurry vision as my eyes filled up. It wasn’t even the movie itself that made me cry; it was the caption at the end: “John called Mimi when he got to Hamburg and called her every week afterwards for the rest of his life. ” The film, a beautifully photographed biopic about John Lennon’s adolescence was good, but it wasn’t sob-worthy good. Yet something about that sentence, especially because it was true, got to me. (I may or may not be tearing up as I type this. )
Dare I document the films I watch this summer that make me cry?
*Nowhere Boy’s the name of the film. It’s pretty good. The main actor, Aaron Johnson, gives a great performance and it’s always a treat to see Kristin Scott Thomas onscreen.