Well, they made me cry.
I find it a little disturbing that some people in this world are capable of making a book or a movie that will make me cry. I feel like my emotions are tied around someone else's little finger and all they need to do is write a specific line or get me to walk in to a certain movie theatre and I am reduced to a small child. Regardless of whether it makes me feel good about myself or not, I believe we are all fans of being lost in a movie or a good book for a time. It is, in fact why we read them. These are 5 Movies or Books that got me so enthralled in their stories, characters, and ideas, that I was more emotional at the climax of these titles, than I was at my Great Grandfather's Funeral. Enjoy.
Life Is Beautiful
This Italian film, released in 1997 is truly a hidden gem. Once you warm up to reading the sub-titles, you can begin to truly appreciate how beautiful this film really is. Emotions range from humor to intrigue, to playful childhood, and eventually end in a train-wreck of joy and heart-ache that is in a word, beautiful. Roberto Benigni's performance is especially thrilling as he tries to protect his son, played by Giorgio Cantarini, from the horrors that are going on within the concentration camp. What truly makes this movie beautiful is that fact that I didn't cry only once...I cried several times...every time I watched it.
Messenger, a 2004 novel by Lois Lowry, easily makes this list. As a general rule, a book that makes me cry is worthy of being read again. Though this remains true, I can't bring myself to suffer the anguish of soul that I was put through as I wept my way through this book. As if the mystical setting of a town that is surrounded by a forest that will kill anyone who tries to leave town isn't intriguing enough, the forest is encroaching gradually and snatching people out of existence every day. Messenger is the only one whom the forest trusts and who can move around freely from town to town. A beautiful book full of inspiring relationships, self-evaluation, and the crux of society.
Never have I experienced a book that broke me down so entirely. Have you ever been reduced to the point that you know only one option can be chosen but you will bawl your eyes out either way? Welcome to the Host. The Novel by Stephanie Myers is now a motion picture, but don't you dare deprive yourself of reading the book. Melanie Stryder, a member of a survival colony of humans, is taken over by an alien soul who gradually tries to suppress her personality until Melanie fades out of existence. However, this human is one to be reckoned with. A glorious battle ensues and we find ourselves heart broken as both of their pasts and well as their dreams unfold. For only one can survive.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Disney outdid themselves on this one. The Odd Life of Timothy Green is the intriguing story of Cindy and Jim Green attempting to adopt a child. Throughout the interview they describe their experiences with a boy named Timothy who came to live with them through extraordinary means. Talk about a play of emotions. Joy mixed with impending doom seems to lace every scene, and though you can see the ending from a ways off, it is shocking how hard it hits you in the pit of your stomach. Not only worthy of watching again, but worthy of crying again.
Here is a play/movie/musical that needs no introduction. I had never been really clear as to the exact story of the play. I knew it was about the French Revolution, Jean-Valjean, Javert, and that a lot a people died, but even after seeing the movie that wasn't a musical (1978), and seeing a highschool play rendition, I was never engrossed by the characters, and their stories. Then, on Christmas day, I saw the 2012 rendition starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe. I wept for nearly every character at one point or another and walked out with a sense of heaviness on my chest that I had never felt before; yet I was humming a lively tune of revolution. What a thrilling movie worthy of watching!