Crying at the end of a movie can be easy, but what about the saddest movie openings, which are rare, and can bring the waterworks without warning?
The tear ducts can be doing overtime nowadays with the tragedy of COVID-19 ravaging our world. Some of the world’s icons leaving us moment-to-moment (i.e., the late John Lewis, which you can learn more about in the documentary “John Lewis: Good Trouble” available now), but the cinema can offer an outlet to get some of those feelings appropriately. Crying in movies can be difficult for some but even easier for others.
On Twitter, we extended a question for discussion to the #FilmTwitter community asking, “what final moments of a movie in the past 20 years make you ugly cry?”
Film Peeps…What final moments of a movie in the past 20 years makes you ugly cry?
Mine…ARRIVAL from Denis Villenueve
— Clayton Davis (@AwardsCircuit) July 16, 2020
After sharing a clip from the final scene of Denis Villeneuve’s masterpiece “Arrival“ with Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, dozens of answers came pouring in ranging from “A Star is Born“ from Bradley Cooper to “Portrait of a Lady on Fire“ from Céline Sciamma. Lots of mentions from anything Pixar, including “Coco,” “Monster’s Inc.,” and “Toy Story 3.” We even received some unconventional and not mentioned enough selections like “Pride“ and “Sing Street.”
Opening up the other side of this to our readership, we are posing this next question to you all:
“What are the SADDEST MOVIE OPENINGS from the last 20 years?”
We imagine we’re about to hear a lot of mentions for Pixar’s “Up“ and/or “Finding Nemo,” with perhaps even “WALL·E,” but we know there are many that don’t get enough mentions or get thought about too often. Enter: our readers.
I can recall weeping at the New York Film Festival screening of Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk“ with the realization that Black love was on full display for the world to see as Fonny (Stephan James) and Tish (Kiki Layne) walk through the park holding hands against the backdrop of composer Nicholas Britell’s brilliant “Agape.”
I got choked up during the crash sequence of Robert Zemeckis’ criminally underrated “Flight“ with Denzel Washington. Maybe it’s living through “9-11”. Still, anything dealing with plane crashes, and the fear that ensues upon them always puts me in an emotional state, and that happened when watching Nadine Velázquez’s “Katerina” – the co-alcoholic flight attendant to Washington’s “Whip” – get up out of her safety seat to help the young boy back into his chair as the plane is flying upside down.
We even sprinkled in some “About Time“ from Richard Curtis, and starring Rachel McAdams, for people to debate.