Great Movies, Terrible Endings

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Kass:

Zodiac, directed by David Fincher, follows the events of the Zodiac Killer in the 60s and
70s. The movie takes place all over California—where the murders took place—and mainly
follow Jake Gyllenhaal’s character, who was a cartoonist for a local newspaper. Gyllenhaal is
very invested in catching the Zodiac and bringing him to justice with or without the help of the
police. Towards the end of the movie, evidence becomes sloppy. Gyllenhaal goes to meet a
friend of one of the suspects that may have some evidence to prove he’s guilty. Once he’s there,
the friend began acting suspicious and creepy. He brings Gyllenhaal to his basement where he
then tells him what he’s here looking for is long gone. They hear footsteps coming from above
the basement but the friend repeatedly says no one else is home. Gyllenhaal—creeped
out—rushes upstairs and attempts to run out the house, but the door is locked. The friend unlocks
the door with a rather scary look on his face and lets him go. Here in the movie, it becomes
evident that the man in the house is related to or is part of the Zodiac Killer. But no, it was
actually the first real suspect the police identified; making the entire scene mentioned, a waste of
time. Why have the most shocking and thrilling scene mean nothing? The movie closes with
Gyllenhaal walking into the hardware store the original suspect works at to stare him in the face
until the screen cuts to black. The rest of the story is explained in short paragraphs on the screen
and hits me as a lazy ending. No big plot twist, no arrest, no final murder. A movie I was rather
invested in from the time I clicked play, left me with nothing but the information I could find on
Wikipedia. 5/10.

 

 

 

 

 

Neally:

Five Feet Apart is a romantic drama that was released in 2019. I thoroughly enjoyed the
entire movie up until the ending. The movie portrays a boy and a girl who both suffer from
cystic fibrosis. They were only allowed to be five feet within each other’s vicinity or else they
would catch each other’s diseases. Throughout the movie they grow closer and closer to each
other and want to be together. You are rooting for them because it defeats all odds. The girl
eventually has a near death experience and barely survives. When you find out that she lives
you think that it is the end of the movie and they will live happily ever after. No. The boy leaves
her after holding up notecards through a window. I have never cried watching a movie or a TV
show, but during this scene, I started balling my eyes out like a little baby. That is why I believe
that this was an amazing movie, but had the absolute worst ending.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob:

Although generally considered by many as the weakest in Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark
Knight Rises is by no means a bad film at its core. After the critical success that was The Dark
Knight, one of the best films ever put to screen, a follow-up would prove no easy task. And
while this movie stuck the landing in most important areas, such as the further development of
Bruce Wayne’s character and the beautiful cinematography by Nolan, the ending is quite
peculiar; in fact, most of the ending serves as a perfectly satisfying conclusion to the trilogy; it is
one scene in particular that undoes it all. After Batman supposedly sacrifices himself to save the
city of Gotham, he is finally rightfully hailed as a hero by the public. However, it is revealed in
the final scene that Wayne is in fact alive, and somehow survived the final explosion in which is
was assumed he perished. This unfortunate backpedal of an ending undoes the noble act to cap
off the trilogy. In my own humble opinion, it might just be one of the biggest cop-outs in modern
film history.

Eli:

Will Smith is known for being a jack of all trades, with the acting ability to play many
different types of characters and play them well. His most popular roles include Oscar in the
animated movie Shark Tale, Agent J in Men in Black, Del Spooner in I, Robot, and Robert Neville
in I Am Legend. Today, I am going to talk about the blockbuster hit, I Am Legend. This movie
was adored by fans with a 94 percent user rating, and critics saw it as near average with 65 and
68 percent critic ratings. Although a split audience indeed, it certainly made its money back
with a box office gross of 583.3 million dollars.

In my opinion, this is a good movie. Yes, it may just be another zombie disease type
movie, but Smith’s acting and Francis Lawrence’s directing really separate it from the massive
group of zombie movies. The action is intense, the emotions portrayed by Smith’s character
seem real, and you have to endure a heartbreaking scene of Smith being forced to kill his only
friend left in the apocalypse, his dog.

The only downfall of this movie is the ending. As you reach the climax of the movie, Will
Smith sacrifices himself to give the cure to the zombie disease to these two people who we
don’t really get to know, but are expected to sympathize with. The movie ends with the two
people arriving to a supposed safe haven and that’s it. We don’t get to see if the zombies die
out with the cure, we don’t see how life is post- apocalypse. It’s an ending that leaves you
wanting more, especially since the character we have grown attached to and became a
supporter of sacrifices himself.