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The Most Tear-jerking, Hilarious Movies About the Afterlife

Firefilm | 10 Sep 2015 16:00
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DISCLAIMER: This is not a series dedicated to proving men shouldn't cry, or to suggest ONLY women cry and are therefore inferior. The goal of this series is to dispel the pre-established (yet flawed) notion that being "manly" and being disconnected from your emotions go hand-in-hand. Even the most macho of men enjoy and even shed a tear at films, and the sooner we can admit that the sooner the concept that one sex is better than the other can go away. While the approach to these articles is one of light-hearted comedy, the emotional core is valid. While men might be more hesitant to admit it, movies often times have the potential to make us cry, for example:

"Afterlife Movies"

Last week we focused on the Grim Reaper, a hooded figure that ushers cinematic protagonists into the hereafter. This week I'm taking it a step further and exploring the destination of that trip. The Afterlife is something that no one can be wrong in describing, yet there are a few similarities that several cultures agree upon, and man has been writing about the afterlife, well, since we invented writing. With the advent of movies we've been given the ability to visualize what we think it looks like and how it works. I've tried to stay away from movies about ghosts sticking around on Earth, because that's not so much the afterlife as some sort of Limbo. Below are five movies about where we go after we kick the bucket, and how they hit us directly in the feels.

1. What Dreams May Come
A highly polarizing movie; people either loved it to death (PUN!) or didn't care for it at all. My guess is that the latter group didn't enjoy the pervasive melancholy that persists throughout the entire film, but visually it's groundbreaking. Robin Williams dies in a car crash after his wife committed suicide, and he has to rescue her from the level of the afterlife reserved for suicide victims. In this iteration of the afterlife there's no real heaven or hell, but different levels that vary depending on how you died. Some are pleasant, some not so much.

Of course the entire movie is one long sad fest, but there's a moment when Robin finds his wife and snaps her out of her daze, only to fall into a trance himself. For a movie built on visual effects and high-concept spectacle, this private moment of pure acting is the most emotional for me. It's the kind of movie you don't want to watch too often, but it's worth watching at least once or twice

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