Friday, February 11, 2011

Oh the Tragedy!

Sadly, I don’t go to movies all that often. Not that I don’t love them—I do. But I’m a busy mom, who has lots of schedules to keep up with, and it’s difficult to get out and see the newest films that interest me while they’re still in theaters. (Oh, the beauty of DVD’s.)

When I do go to movies, I hope they’re done well enough to take me out of my own life for the moment and hopefully make me laugh and/or leave me with a warm sensation in my chest left from the experience of numerous emotions. Suspense is good, and action, too.

But I have certain expectations. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s walking out of a theater completely disappointed in the outcome of a show. It happens from time to time.

Consider the movie The Perfect Storm. (Spoiler alert!) Everyone dies! And I’m sorry, but that show felt like a huge waste of time for me. Because how could it possibly be based on a true story when no one survived to tell about it?

Maybe I just hate tragedies. No, because I love the story of Romeo and Juliet—sad as it is. Seems like there was a lesson in that though. And also, Shakespeare wrote that like, a gazillion years ago, and he was pretty well brilliant, so he’s kind of excused. A little.

So, here’s a question. What movie’s have you seen that had a tragic ending you felt was excusable, and which ones just left you feeling angry? I’m curious.


C. K. Bryant said...

OMGosh! You and I are SOOO alike. When Ed and I watched the perfect storm, I didn't realize it was based on a true story. It was about 3/4 of the way through and Ed said, "Too bad they all die." I was like, WHAT? I was so angry. For one, he ruined the rest of the movie for me. And then, like you, wondered how they knew any of that really happened if THEY ALL DIED!!!

As for other movies . . . the one that comes to mind is "City of Angels." I LOVED THAT MOVIE!! Still do! But I was so mad at the ending. I didn't feel it was a waist of my time, but did feel it was TRAGIC, like Romeo and Juliet. I still cry when I think of Seth giving up everything for her and then to have her die. Not Fair.

WindyA said...

I don't know about tragic endings or what not in movies that have stuck with me. I just remember movies that make me so angry because they ended too soon or there was something in the plot that just made the story suck ... or .. yeah. Like I AM LEGEND? yeah, I thought it had so much potential and it was all good and then it just ended??? Wha?? yeah. like good movie, just not enough. And oh my holy - sorry for the long rambliness

Angie said...

Dead Poet's Society was tragic but awesome. I didn't realize Finding Neverland was so sad, but I wasn't angry about it per se. I know I've seen The Perfect Storm, but I don't remember it, so it must not have left much of an impression.

Annette Lyon said...

Showing my age here--Sommersby did the job for me.

It had to have a tragic ending because it was the noble ending, and any other way would have made the main character a jerk.

But I do prefer shows that feel like they're going to end tragically--I can't figure out how they're going to get out of it--and yet they do. (Put A Knight's Tale in that category for me.)

kbrebes said...

Sleepless in Seattle. When they finally get together, the show ends. I want to see them TOGETHER! Somewhere in Time. I hate it when he looks at that darn penny, comes back, and then can't get back to her!! Lots of movies like that disappoint!