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Films that start well and end terribly

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by jametayson, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. jametayson

    jametayson Newbie

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    I've been rewatching the Bond films recently, and I realised that a fairly common theme is that many of them have a really strong first hour or so then suddenly decline in quality and go out with a whimper - sometimes they go completely off the rails, sometimes they go nowhere, sometimes they jump the shark massively. Examples:

    Thunderball - great first hour with an intriguing plot and genuinely engaging characters - then it descends into endless underwater sequences and nothing much else, and by the end is intensely boring.

    Moonraker - it does not need the space sections at all. I wouldn't say the first hour is great, to be honest, but it's a hell of a lot better than what follows, which is basically a poor man's Star Wars.

    Quantum of Solace - in the second half of the film, all the most interesting characters disappear to varying degrees, the film rushes into a half-baked conclusion, and the final scenes are a mess.

    And it got me thinking about other films that do this - I would say Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Spider-Man 3, and The Island all go completely insane in their second half after relatively enjoyable first halves. What other films would you suggest and why?
     
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    Gangster Squad
    Matrix (1-2-3)
    The Hobbit
    Skyfall
     
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    Life of Pi.

    My English teacher told me off for writing a stupid ending like that when I was 9. FFS.
     
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    I sat through a piece of shit called "Monsters" because it was highly recommended. For about an hour and a half I thought "somethings going to happen any minute now"

    Then it ended with some supremely cheesy shit that was even worse than the previous hour and a half. Hope I saved you 90mins of your life.
     
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    The Village by M. Night Shyamalan wins hands down with the worst ending ever!

    The ending of A.I. Artificial Intelligence by Spielberg gets honorable mention.

    And the worst possible ending we never saw and why it remains a great movie is seeing the actual aliens in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, which Spielberg should have learned from.
     
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    Every M. Night Shammalongadingdong movie apart from The Sixth Sense. It would be hard to top the The Happening for WTF did I just watch ?



     
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    I never saw the Happening and thanks for reminding me why. Too bad M. Night Shyamalan feels compelled to becoming a one trick pony after the Sixth Sense.
     
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    Pyasi Padosan ki Jawani



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    I hate any movie that leaves you hanging at the end. I find it to be completely stupid. If someone is watching, or paying to watch the movie, give the damn ending!
     
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    Then you did watch "dark knight", "inception" and so many ones and you did not like them...those are the best movies IMHO.