“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss
How many times have you cried after watching a film?
Whether it was sad, funny, romantic or even violent, often a wee tear is shed at the end when good prevails over evil, the boy gets the girl or the world is doomed again and there is no hope!
What is it that made us shed that tear? The music, the dialogue, the performances or is it that somewhere inside us the situation triggers a memory or an emotion from a memory?
Do we remember a sense of hopelessness when we lost control of our world or perhaps, when the girl decides to run off with the ‘drifter’ instead of the ‘faithful boyfriend’, deep down we are reminded of a choice we made?
Or is it just because the film has ended and for those 90 odd minutes we were in someone else’s world where we didn’t have to think, feel or talk! But we know we have to walk into the light of the Cinema foyer and face reality.
Perhaps as Doctor Seuss so rightly says, instead of crying because the ‘film has ended’ we should remember the fact that perhaps the girl didn’t get her ‘ideal man’ but look at what she got up to trying! We maybe be mourning the end of one life, but smile because it was such a life!