Guy Cry Cinema5 Reasons Why Action-Packed Independence Day Makes Guys Cry
We close out the summer by talking about the quintessential summer blockbuster: Independence Day
The goal of this series is to show that being "manly" and being disconnected with your emotions do not necessarily go hand-in-hand. While the approach to these articles is one of comedy and satire, the emotional core of these movies is very valid. Manly movies make guys cry, for example:
As summer comes to a close, I'm reminded of the quintessential summer blockbuster, Independence Day. Its association with the summer holiday is as ubiquitous as the Halloween franchise to October 31st, or hardcore porn to my wedding anniversary (long story). And much like with A Christmas Story, turning on the TV at any point during the 4th of July will yield a high chance of seeing Will "Mr. 4th of July" Smith welcoming someone to Earf. It's a glorious movie, one of the last Roland Emmerich films that people enjoy un-ironically. And boy does it bring tears to guys' eyes.
First, the "Manly" test must be passed. Aliens, explosions, a brief stripper scene...this movie's got it all. First off, roughly 60% of the civilized world is blown off the map halfway through the film, and then the rest of it is aerial dog fights and machismo enthusiasm. Aliens with advanced technology and knowledge come and blow up virtually all of our offensive capabilities, but dammit we somehow do enough pushups and fist-bumps to scare them off. But behind every fist bump there's a sensitive soul, masking their feelings with testosterone.
It's ok, it's safe to feel, we won't judge. Here's 5 reasons we all got hit in the feels on this one.
1. Will Smith was still untouchable
This is more of a tear of pride than of sorrow. Will Smith used to be a name you could throw on a film if you wanted it to succeed, no matter the plot. You know what he did after this film? Wild Wild West. You know what role he turned down to do that film? Neo, as in The Matrix's Neo! After the TV and rapping success and 2 blockbusters (the other being Bad Boys), it was thought that Mr. Smith was the renaissance man of acting.
Had he skipped over WWW and went straight to Ali, then perhaps that streak would have continued, but between Shark Tale, Hitch, and Hancock, it seems like Will can't quite make the casting decisions that we all wish he would have.
Let's not get started on the M. Night thing.