Ask Dayton 81 – The One Film
We have heard about your genre favorites in film, but what about films that move you emotionally? I heard Nick say Starman always gets him, and Big Fish. So what moves you Dayton?
What moves me? Fruits and salads, mostly, along with the occasional bacon double cheeseburger just to keep things lively. That, and making sure I drink plenty of water.
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So, you’re wondering if I ever watch movies with a box of tissues close at hand? I don’t think we know each other well enough to share such intimate details, do we? With respect to movies which have had an emotional impact on me, I have to say that it’s a rare thing for me to be super pumped after watching a movie, or seeing something which make me terribly sad. Don’t get me wrong; there are a few, of course. That scene at the end of Saving Private Ryan when he’s standing over Captain Miller’s grave and asking if he’s measured up to the sacrifices others made so he might live? Yeah, I can’t watch that without a little something getting in my eye. On the other hand, and even though its ending is different than the story which spawned it, I always smile at that last scene of The Shawshank Redemption when Red finds Andy Dufresne on that beach in Mexico.
Then there are those movies you’ve watched a whole bunch of times, know that bad things are coming for one of the characters, and yet you’re still wondering if this will be the time you watch it and everything goes down differently. Will Warren Beatty remember his old friend Max at the end of Heaven Can Wait? Will Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore be reunited in Ghost? Will Bruce Willis somehow make it off that asteroid at the end of Armageddon? Will Tom Hanks be able to save Wilson in Cast Away, or somehow be reunited with his wife? No, of course not, but don’t tell me there’s not a little part of you hoping it all works out. That’s what happens when you’re sucked in to a good story, or even a sappy one that just tugs you the right way.
That said, the one film—the one film—which had a profound emotional effect on me was Taking Chance. The movie stars Kevin Bacon as a Marine officer who volunteers to escort home the body of a fallen Marine. I once performed a similar duty, but it wasn’t something I dwelled on very often until seeing this film for the first time. It was tough to sit through the movie, particularly when I got to scenes of Bacon’s character standing vigil alongside the fallen Marine’s casket. A few years ago for my old LiveJournal account, I detailed my thoughts on the film and its effect on me. It’s since been ported over to my current blog, and those interested in reading that can find it here: The Fog of Ward: Taking Chance
And just so we don’t end this week’s question on a downer, here’s a scene from one of my favorite sports movies. How do you not smile at this?
Get me the ball, yo.
And about those tissues? Yeah…somebody must’ve left them there. I’m thinking Nick.
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