I was sitting in a park with a friend the other day, the weather was beautiful, the sun was shining, the birds were tweeting and we got to talking about cinematic deaths. And not just any deaths but the very dramatic ones, with weepy music, slow motion and pure TRAGEDY. The kind of deaths where the deceased person’s friend holds them and cries ‘NOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooo!’ My friend and I made a list of the best ones and then re-enacted some of them in the park, which was very fun and, I am sure, much appreciated by our neighbours. Here are the fruits of our labours.
The Professional. Jean-Paul Belmondo
Jean-Paul Belmondo, having killed his enemy, is about to be delivered back to safety just as the French government decides to turn its back on him and orders to kill him. The music by Ennio Morricone is the cherry on the top.
Braveheart. Mel Gibson
Although this has a pretty good comedy value, Mel Gibson's death conforms to all the dramatic death conventions. There is even Mel Gibson’s wife’s ghost who comes to him in the last moment and priceless expressions on people’s faces. It was rather fun to re-enact.
Lion King. Mufasa
A death that SCARred (get it?) many generations of children.
The Gladiator. Russel Crowe
This death has clearly been inspired by Braveheart. Click here to watch.
Pan’s Labyrinth. Ivana Baquero
This one actually makes me sad. Click here.
The Last Samurai. All the samurai
I am 110% convinced that Mel Gibson’s tragic death has left a deep impression on some of the “macho” men in Hollywood and here Tom Cruise attempts to top that shit. Click here. The drama really begins at around 6:30.
The Seven Pounds. Will Smith
Literally, one of the worst films I have ever seen. This sentimental suicide with a medusa (wtf) may not be the greatest movie moment, but dramatic it most certainly is.