In life, there’s a fine line between never give up and enough is enough and if you know the difference between the two, you are bound to be a success. Well, it’s quite true for a movie too. When film-makers put so much of time, efforts, and emotions into crafting the beautiful masterpiece that you watch on the silver screen, they don’t want it to end. But sometimes, it’s best to just let it go. In this case, it would have been the best had these great movies ended at least 10 minutes sooner.
The ending is pretty contentious. For die-hard fans of the series and book alike, the end was a teary-eyed moment the readers were desperately waiting for. But for neutral fans (not sure who they are) it dragged a tad bit long. It would seem befitting to have a CGI-aided Daniel Radcliffe seeing off his children as in the books but for a series that diverged from the source material, it could have done away with the ending.
The end to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood seemed a bit off. The ending scene sees Mason going on a trek with some new friends on his first day of college, which admittedly boasts some nice teenage philosophy with actual relevance to the movie. But given how integral his relationship with his mother (played by Patricia Arquette) has been, it'd have been interesting to see it end with them parting ways (the sequence just before the end).
Liam Neeson once again plays a retired bad-ass cop in this thriller. A problem with modern-day thrillers is that they want to go out with a bang, an epic finale of sorts. This is where the film fails. The mystery's solved, the killers located, but we still have to sit through an extended sequence brought about only by the character's ineptitude.
It’s still one of the most trending and universally loved movies of all time. But Shawshank too has its flaw. It might not be as grave as the other movies but it's a flaw nonetheless. The original ending that the director had envisioned has Morgan Freeman’s character, Red, follow the path of ill-fated brooks. He has something to live for. It’s the hope of meeting his friend Andy, once again. With that, the screen fades to black. But upon the persistence of the film’s backers – Castle Rock – they had Red meet Andy to leave the audience on a happier note.
Considering the strength of the previous movies – Batman Begins and The Dark Knight – we expected a better end. Appreciating the fact that it was an end to three movie narrative arc, it somehow undermined things a bit. Sure we knew Batman would be back one way or the other (didn’t expect it to be Ben Affleck, though) but for the purpose of this story, his sacrifice mattered.
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