Oooh, I'm torn on that being a tragedy... Tragedy would imply no redemption for Walt the cranky racist jerk and that his actions don't improve anything. Walt not only
Originally Posted by leesaleesa
The fact a major character ends the movie in a box doesn't automatically mean it's a tragedy.
sacrifices himself to make sure the gang who raped and beat Su and were threatening his neighbors get put away, and succeeds, he becomes a father figure to the boy, comes to terms with his wife's death and his own mortality, and as the cherry on the top of the redemption sundae, makes sure his greedy, self-absorbed family hardly benefits from his death.
I mean, yeah, the area it's SET in is a tragedy, but that's just reality. Detroit and certain burbs (it's set in Highland Park) have been going to crap for nigh on fifty years but that's just how it is there.
Likewise I don't think I would call "Schindler's List" a tragedy. Yes, it's set in the Holocaust. Yes, obviously, as such, people die. HOWEVER, the main character is, again, redeemed, and saves 1200 people. The entire color end sequence in Jerusalem at the real Schindler's grave is sort of the opposite of tragedy--it's flinging the survival of these people and their descendants into the face of the attempt to destroy them. Just because something is SET in tragic circumstances doesn't mean the plot is a tragedy. I think one could make a stronger argument that "Saving Private Ryan" is a tragedy...
Now, "Throne of Blood" is a tragedy. But that's because it's Macbeth in feudal Japan. (Unfortunately it's also really expensive on DVD...all Kurosawa's stuff is.) One could also make a strong argument that "The Seven Samurai" is a tragedy (and ergo so is "The Magnificent Seven" as that's almost a shot-for-shot remake), at least for the titular characters.