Today I watched for the second time in the last five months ‘Garden State’ which stars Zach Braff and Natalie Portman. Braff also was the writer and the director of the movie. I remember distinctly liking the movie the first time I watched it all the way up until the end. I figured I would give in another shot just to see if I had missed a message of some kind that would justify the crappy ending. Nope.
What is it with movies? Why do they have to set you up for a great viewing experience only to let you down so hard? ‘Garden State’ in my mind has the makings of a wonderful movie; great actors, wonderful cinematography, dry wit and among other things an awesome soundtrack. Yet, in the end it lets me down, way down.
While in college I began to discover that ‘the happy ending’ is an American fascination. We always want the underdog to succeed, the guy get the girl and the good guy win. But, in reality it doesn’t always happen that way. The underdog almost always loses(except when #15 seed Hampton beats #2 seed Iowa State in March Madness), the guy doesn’t always get the girl, and good guy usually loses(like when Hulk Hogan is attacked by Andre the Giant’s manager in Wrestle Mania V).
So here is my incomplete list of movies that start out strong, but in the end fail to achieve greatness.
This list is expandable with your own additions in the comment area of this blog!
1. ‘Citizen Kane’ why would you end the movie in the beginning with a word like “Rosebud?” If I was involved with the making of this movie I would have burnt the sled right away.
2. ‘The Village’ almost anything M. Night Shyamalan does has a really crappy ending. ‘Sixth Sense’ is another example. Dumb dumb dumb dumb endings. Wait. I almost forgot another one of his movies that has a crappy ending ‘Unbreakable.’ I kind of liked ‘Unbreakable’ but then I saw the rest of his movies and they are all the same.
3. ‘The Titanic’ sure the boat sinks. But, mix it up a little bit. Save DiCaprio and the rest of the poor schmucks for once. This movie, according to IMDB has been remade 8 times prior to the 1997 blockbuster. James Cameron had the possibility to change history! If he would of done this I wouldn’t have been subjected to hearing how sad the movie was in 11th grade.
4. ‘Rambo: First Blood Part II’ this is by far the best Rambo movie. We get to see justice American style! Whoooo hoooo. I love the steroids that Stalone is on in this one. I bet Lance and Roberto wouldn’t mind a little bit of that action! This movie would be a lot better if Rambo died. Because then we wouldn’t be subjected to having to watch Rambo III were he is fighting alongside future members of the Taliban in Russian occupied Afghanistan.
5. ‘American Flyers’ This movie was great because I never thought Kevin Costner was going to die. They led me along like a sheep and then all of a sudden he is the one with the cancer, or whatever it was that was going to finish him, but didn’t because the movie was made in Hollywood.
6. ‘Chinatown’ don’t even get me started with the ending of this movie. Pointless!
7. ‘East Lake Story’ This movie isn’t known by many people, but it premiered the other night in Minneapolis at a bike messenger film festival. It was going great until dispencer died at the end, for a girl. It was really tragic, but in the sequel my character continues on to become the leader of the Unicorns and takes out all the Scorpion haters. RIP dispencer.
Well add your favorite movie that has a crappy ending. Here are just a few that come to my mind; ‘Panic Room,’ ‘Weekend at Bernies,’ and ‘Top Gun.’