Sometimes, movies with the same theme come out close together. That gives twice the potential for a good tearjerker.
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 often times have the potential to make guys cry, for example:
Sometimes for whatever reason, two films will be released with almost identical plot and themes. To make things worse, sometimes those films are released simultaneously, making the comparisons all the more glaring. When I say "a movie about a volcano," chances are most of you think "Oh, that's Volcano," but some of you might think of Dante's Peak. Why Hollywood thought the public needed two choices of eruption-based horror at the same theater is beyond me, but my guess is that one studio hears that their rival has a film in the works, and rushes to release a better version first. Sometimes that angle pays off, sometimes it fails miserably. One thing is certain; when movies compete, there's twice the potential for a good cry.
I like rooting for the underdog, and Deep Impact was most certainly the underdog in this fight. Both films were released in 1998, and D.I. actually beat Armageddon by a few months. Unfortunately they didn't have the mixture of Michael Bay, Bruce Willis, and Aerosmith that skyrocketed the latter film into the public eye.
When viewing D.I. as compared to Armageddon, one glaring item stands out as extremely sad: We don't like the main character and don't mind it when she dies. While both films somewhat have an ensemble cast, there's always one person who stands out. For Armageddon, it's Bruce Willis, and for D.I. it was Téa Leoni. The main difference is that Leoni introduces herself as trying to get President Morgan Freeman in trouble (not very endearing), is a jerk to her father through the film, and then dies at the end without contributing much of anything to anyone. Ask me what Bruce Willis did for us before he died? Boom, deal with that.