Do you ever get really emotionally involved with TV shows or movies? Do you ever feel yourself caring a lot for characters in shows? Do you prefer to find those shows or movies that bowl you over with emotion?
I tend to be the biggest fan of shows that really hook me into them emotionally. I mean, I determine my rating system on Netflix based off of the emotional response the show gives me. For example, if I cry really hard, I’m likely to give it a 5-star rating. If I don’t cry at all, it’s likely to rate far less.
I think it all started all those years ago when we would all hunker down on Thursday nights to watch ER. When Mark died, our whole family wept and sobbed. It touched my heart beyond belief when Kaeidyn watched ER over a decade after I had seen that episode and was also brought to sobbing tears – and I smiled proudly when she cried the next day when we played “Somewhere Over the Rainbow“, because that’s what good TV does.
Over the years there have been too many memorable moments to name in television and film history as it relates to me. The tears these cheeks have felt over fictional characters over the years would probably astound you, because they have been so numerous. My favorite times are when the emotional response absolutely surprises you.
Great example: Reign Over Me with Adam Sandler. We all know him as this funny guy telling jokes. But this movie had me literally curled up in a ball in a full-out sob session. He’s sitting there in that courtroom and all of a sudden, completely overcome with emotion – both him and me! I think Alfie was terrified that something was wrong with me, because the moment just absolutely broke my heart.
I don’t feel like it’s hard for a show or movie to make me cry – I tend to do it rather easily. But every once and awhile, a show hits a nerve that the emotions attached to that moment are so memorable. Even though they’re emotions shed over fictional moments, they feel like they happened to you, happened to people you love.
Tonight, I started watching The Killing. I haven’t really had much interest in this show, but I’ve run out of episodes on all the other shows that I was watching and needed something to pass the time with. I was a little worried about this show, because I tend to have a hard time watching anything that involves a lot of killing. While I get really into these types of shows, I don’t really like watching them because they change my dreams from just generally confusing to utterly terrifying!
I was really skeptical going into this show but by the end of the first episode I was in shambles. I’m not sure what I think of the story or the characters (haven’t been watching long enough to know…), but the parents of this girl are incredibly relatable and anytime they struggle with their emotions, I find myself struggling with mine. I find that kind of television to be incredibly powerful.
So, What are some of your memorable and emotional TV or movie moments? Have you ever been surprised by your reaction to anything you watched? What was the last show you cried at? Let’s talk TV in the comments!