Today’s a special day for War Horse News. I’m turning over the reins for this post to my friend and fellow blogger Rhonda Lane, of The Horsey Set, who addressed a subject that is a concern to many people. Her advice is sage. In fact, we might wonder about you if you didn’t tear up at some point during War Horse. But please don’t let your fear of crying keep you home.
As I write this, two short but longawaited words–War Horse–have shown up on cinema marquees. Glowing reviews from advance screenings of the film have already peppered social media and the press.
Joey (he’s the main character–the actual war horse) won’t win the Kentucky Derby, but he might win an Oscar or two. People who’ve seen the movie seem to love it. Oscar buzz about War Horse has been humming for a couple of months.
After all, the Broadway production of War Horse won a Tony Award for Best Play. This live-action film with Steven Spielberg at the helm has a good shot at more accolades.
“I’m worried that I’ll cry”
First, you won’t be the only one crying in the theater. Count on it.
Second, did you ever think that maybe you need a good cry? I’m pretty sure I do. I’m pretty sure we all do. Some experts see sad movies as cathartic and therapeutic.
Please don’t run away and swear you won’t see the movie. I think it’s important to see it, especially for those of us who love horses. But I believe tears aren’t bad, so I want to offer you some “Sad Movie Survival Tips.”
Heck, I can’t watch the trailer without crying, and I’ve seen the stage play. I know who lives to go home and who doesn’t – unless Mr. Spielberg and team changed the ending.
Sad Movie Survival Tips
1. Accept that you’re going to cry, but know that you won’t be alone. There’ll be sniffing and blubbering all over the theater. Even among the guys.
2. Take tissues. Or, less pleasant, grab napkins from the popcorn stand before you sit down. They’re scratchy and dissolve too fast, but they’ll do in a pinch.
3. Also, decide ahead of time what you’ll do with your tear-drenched discards. Littering the floor would be uncool.
4. Consider taking some dry paper towels from home to sponge off your face with cool water after the movie. Paper towels from the theater bathroom are scarce these days and, if available, can be dry and abrasive.
5. Go with someone you don’t mind knowing–or seeing–that you are crying.
If you absolutely must know who lives and who dies and especially if you need to know if Joey the horse and Albert his friend make it home, please email me at remlane at gmail dot com.
But listen carefully to the trailers. I believe the clues are there.
Rhonda Lane writes one of my favorite blogs, The Horsey Set. She is a native of Kentucky who now lives and writes in Connecticut. She’s currently working on a mystery novel. Follow Rhonda on Twitter (I do!): @RhondaLane
Rhonda also believe it’s important for horse lovers to see the movie as soon as they can after Christmas Day. Be sure to read why.