Do you know what is recommended when you have a case of The Sads? Besides tons of supportive and helpful comments on a blog entry written about having The Sads? Going and see a movie whose title translated to english basically means “The Sad People”! It’s a recipe for laughter and joy!
Or…you may walk out of the theater wanting to crawl in a hole and sob to death.
Guess how it made ME feel! Let’s put it this way – while I was feeling better after all of your advice and support – I was still feeling very shitty. But compared to how I felt after the movie? I had been feeling TOP OF THE WORLD.
(I do mention one character death, if you don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading. Except – since the movie is called “The Miserables” – it should come as no surprise that ALMOST EVERYONE DIES.)
So, I knew the movie would be sad and I don’t ever go see sad movies. But E really wanted to take me to see it and I don’t ever turn down a request from him for us to do things together. If you have teenagers? You understand how rare that is. YOU DON’T SAY ‘NO’ TO THEM.
And it was sad, of course! But – Did I know the end of the movie would basically be a girl sobbing as she said goodbye to her wonderful Daddy as he died while her dead Mom’s ghost sang him into that death? OH MY GOD. Are you serious? I was still on the verge of tears an hour after the movie was over. HER DADDY!!! HE DIED!!! I could have been having the happiest day of my life moments before that scene and I still would have lost it.
WHO MAKES MOVIES LIKE THAT? AND WHY DO THEY DO IT?
It was good, though. If you don’t mind feeling like your heart was ripped out of your chest and run over by a bus. I have no skillset or knowledge that will allow me to critique the movie’s musical performances, I have never seen the stage show, or even listened to the cast recordings or concerts. But as a movie? It was beautifully tragic and made me feel all the feels. I’m really, really glad I saw it. That kind of cinematic experience is rare and I’m very glad my kid is cool enough to force me to go see it.
But – I never want to see it again.
Have you seen it? What are your thoughts? Did your heart survive?