I’m finally secure enough to admit this, but only secure enough for a semi-anonymous message board, obviously. =)
For a grown man, who is otherwise (and almost stereotypically) emotionally muted, I well up a little too readily at movies. I bawl like a baby at touching, happy, heartwarming moments in film. Almost never because something is sad, only happy tears. Of course when this happens, no one may know. I have to make it look like I’m scratching my cheek or something to wipe away the evidence. And I gotta hope no such scene happens too close to the end of the movie, because if the lights come on I’m busted.
I was reminded that I might me more of a wuss than normal just last week when I was watching Transformers. A couple tears rolled down my cheek when the Autobots rolled in for the first time and we see the heroic Optimus Prime transform. I couldn’t quite understand why I was tearing up, and it was then that I knew I had a problem. Maybe if Transformers had been a big influence on me as a kid or something it would make sense. But that’s not the case…I’m apparently just that sensitive. Or Michael Bay’s style and choice of music is just that stirring (but I doubt it). Speaking of which, there are like 3 spots in Armageddon that can make me struggle to hold back tears almost every time. One of those is actually the sad part. Dammit…maybe it is Bay.
Also, for some reason animated movies make it happen more than usual. I think I’ve choked up at some point in every Pixar film, all the Shreks, and various movies like that. I don’t think it’s anything particular to animation, except the fact that those movies are the most likey places for me to see the kind of happy ending that turns me to estrogen-soaked mush.
During these same times, I tend to look over at my wife if she’s watching with me, and I never see her get so emotionally overcome. That certainly doesn’t help me feel better about it. I need some support here…to know I’m not totally alone. So, all you manly men out there, here’s your opportunity to tell the rest of the board how sensitive you are. And for the ladies, an opportunity to reassure me that chicks dig sensitive men.
I’m gonna go watch Rudy and see if I can make it through. I’m not holding my breath, though.