Monday, June 9, 2014

Movies That End Badly

Every once in a while, we'll be surfing through the channels and see a movie we haven't tried before.  I'm a little leery these days after sitting through Pay It Forward, but I'm still willing to try.  Unfortunately, I sit through unknown to me movies wondering if it's all going to fall apart after they've sucked me in like PIF did.

Because I've been a couch potato for a lot more years than the Hubs, though, I try to vet the movies before I invite him to watch.  Not that he's still not gun shy.  Over the weekend, for instance, there was nothing else really on.  Golf was boring.  The baseball game was uninspiring.  We'd seen all the episodes of shows we liked.  So, I turned on the movie Matilda.  I knew he hadn't seen it.  (Hubs isn't one for kids' movies - not on his own.)  As we watched, he says 'this isn't going to end well, is it?'   I smiled and told him, 'I like this movie.'

You see, he already knows I don't like movies that don't end well.  In fact, if I know going in what the story's all about, I won't watch a movie that ends badly.  (Which is part of the reason PIF ticked me off so bad.)

For that matter, not too keen on books that end badly either.

Oh, I'm not such a Pollyanna that I think everyone has to survive every movie or book or whatever.  But for me, if someone integral to the plot has to die, there'd better be a darn good reason.  Take the movie Armageddon. Or the movie Space Cowboys.  Someone has to die in order for the planet to be saved.  Now, if that ain't a good reason, I don't know what is.

Okay, now it's your turn.  Tell me a movie you were afraid would end badly but that actually turned out good.  Personally, I was sure Slumdog Millionaire would not end well, but I was pleasantly surprised.  And I pleasantly surprised Hubs with the movie Frequency the other day, when he was pretty sure someone crucial would die horribly.  

Or if you can't think of one, tell me about a movie that ended badly - so I'll know to avoid it in the future.  ;o)


jblynn said...

So you and the hubs love the Happily Ever After endings?

Avoid Se7en. (I personally LOVED the ending, but I suspect you won't.)

Silver James said...

I HATED PIF! Pissed me right the hell off. I wasn't exactly pleased with SIXTH SENSE, either, but I didn't get mad, I just never watched it again. The only other one I can think of off the top of my head is A.I. (Artificial Intelligence). It was horribly sad until the aliens showed up at the end and then it was just ridiculous. Really? *rolls eyes*

Janet said...

Really? I love Pay it Forward! And, JB, loved Se7en, but you won't like it, B.E. I was blown away by Sixth Sense - did not see that coming AT ALL!

OK, we've watched our fair share of 'Gawd, I hope this gets better.' and they never do. Can't remember any off the top of my head (oh, Lost in Translation - I know, people will stone me for that, but we hated it).

B.E. Sanderson said...

Oh no, JB, I got subjected to Se7en as soon as it came out on video. I still think about it whenever I overeat, if ya know what I mean. :shudder: The ending there didn't really bother me, though. I think by that time I was numb.

LOL, Silver, yep. There were so many other ways they could've ended that movie, but noooo. I never watched The Sixth Sense, but since I know what happens, I'm like meh. Hadn't watched AI either. Speaking of inserted aliens... I hated Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull thingie for the insertion of aliens. Ghosts I can believe, but aliens?? Totally wrecked it for me.

Sorry, Janet. Didn't mean to speak unkindly of a movie you liked. But I just couldn't understand why the writers felt the boy had to die. I mean, I was really enjoying the movie until that point and then they killed him and it all went piffle for me. Never saw Lost in Translation either.

jblynn said...

In defense of the movie writers of PIF (unless they changed the ending) it WAS based on a novel.

B.E. Sanderson said...

Ugh, JB. I think that might be worse. Not only did a writer perpetrate that on their readers, but they did it to movie-goers, too.

K.D. Meiss said...

Well, I'd tell you about Bridge to Terabithia, but I think you know about that one. I'm a bit at a loss, considering I inherited my distaste for bad endings from you.

One movie that is good despite a large number of the cast dying is the 13th Warrior. It's based of of Micheal Criton's Eaters of the Dead.

K.D. Meiss said...

:tries to repress the OCD:

:fails: Michael Crichton. I couldn't let it go. I hate knowing I've spelled something wrong.

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