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Crying at Return Of The Jedi?

Discussion in 'Original Trilogy' started by Pizza Time, Jan 30, 2020.

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Do you cry at ROTJ

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  1. Pizza Time

    Pizza Time Rebel General

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    At the end of Return of the Jedi, Luke brings his suffering father back to the light and the rebels celebrate a critical blow to the Empire.
    Kind of a weird question, but does anyone else cry at this scene? John Williams score, the reflections and nostalgia all make me cry. It's like my childhood coming back to me, but with a new understanding never known to me then. It's a beautiful ending. Is it just me?
     
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  2. Angelman

    Angelman Servant to the Whills & Slave to the Muses
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    Definitely a beautiful and powerful ending! I don't cry, however, 'cause my old, wicked, & coal black heart is pretty hard to move (although not impossible) these days.

    I do tear up at the sight of Broom Boy with his make-belief lightsaber, though... That was ME 30-some years ago! :D (Minus the slavery bit)
     
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  3. Messi

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    No. Actually I never cried in a SW movie.
     
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    I didn’t have a particularly charmed childhood. Plenty had it worse than me, no doubt, but mine wasn’t terrifically ideal. I’m the son of an addict. My father was a man with many demons and unresolved issues that he combatted with alcohol and drugs. It would often make him hostile, violent, cruel, and occasionally dangerous. My dad wasn’t exactly Darth Vader, but he was a man my sister and I spent a good deal of our early lives fearing the ‘dark side’ of.

    For the longest time I couldn’t understand the concept of addiction. I just couldn’t get my head around it. Why would someone ever choose this? Why couldn’t he just stop? Why couldn’t he just be the person I needed him to be? I’m sure George Lucas didn’t have addiction specifically in his mind at all when he was framing the idea of the dark side. But seeing that dialogue between Luke and his frightening father as a child put things into a simpler focus my young mind could glean. “You don't know the power of the dark side. I must obey my master.” Just like me, no matter how much Luke wanted it, his father was powerless to refuse the darkness. He was a slave to it and did awful things because of that hopelessness.

    A few years ago, after a lifetime of abusing his body, it one day just gave out. He went to bed one night, his heart stopped, and that was it. On Friday, I had a father and on Saturday I didn’t. I spent so long thinking I hated that man. But it wasn’t true. He was a broken and lost person. I hated the circumstances more than anything. I was angry at life for simply not being fair. I had nothing but sympathy for the anguish he must have been going through. But I never bothered to tell him that. It would have been such an easy thing to do and would have meant absolutely everything to him to hear - that I wasn’t angry at him anymore, that I’d forgiven him. But that didn’t happen and now it can’t ever happen.

    When I was a kid, I used to watch that scene with Luke and his redeemed father. I’d want to live vicariously through him. I’d imagine that was me. That I’d been able to reach him. That I’d been able to salvage the good person I knew was in there - the person I needed him to be. "I've got to save you." "You already have. You were right. You were right about me. Tell your sister you were right." Now, as a grown man, I just imagine being able to say goodbye.

    Yes, I cry. I expect I always will.
     
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    I wouldn't really call it crying but more of being sad. Mainly because now I know what's following after that very scene. This makes the whole ending bitter sweet.
     
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    I have not cried at ROTJ, but I may cry at @eeprom 's post....wow, powerful. Thanks for sharing....
     
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    I cried when Jabba died. He had such style...
     
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    Times I've cried from Star Wars (apparently I've gotten to be a big softie in my twenties)-

    Right when the crawl started for TFA

    Leia reaching out with the Force and saving herself after the destruction of the bridge in TLJ

    "No one's ever really gone"

    The Rebels finale

    A lot of TROS- especially the Han vision and "It's just people"



    I love ROTS, and I'm sure I've gotten misty eyed before. Maybe not at that scene- the mostly emotionally moving scene, for me, is when Vader figures out Luke's one weakness (his friends) and threatens Leia
     
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