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Well made, story is mediocre, ending is abysmal
Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2020
Offered some suspense and well crafted as a film but the ending was absolutely abysmal. What is it with this current rash of American filmmakers who cannot seem to end a movie with some kind of satisfying conclusion?
It makes no sense. It’s almost as if this era of movies will be known for how poorly written the endings were. We see it time and time again...decent pace, decent plot, interesting development and then BOOM, this sudden, horrible ending that the writer thinks is ‘artful’ but the public finds to be unfulfilling leaving too many questions unanswered.
That’s not artful; that’s just a cop out of having to write a legitimate ending and creating a scenario where everyone is left shrugging their shoulders.
Look at the best movies ever written...think of the top 100 in a kind of consensus list by the top critics.
Want to know what they all have in common?
They tell a complete story that has a beginning, a middle and an end. Without that last part, you don’t really get much punch out of a plot, sadly. And what you’ve developed as a writer doesn’t create some artistic mystique, it just creates a hole where the ending should have gone.
Acting: very well done. Not a weak link in the entire film. Cinematography: expertly done. Editing: top notch.
The writing was so-so...without writing any spoilers I just kept thinking that nobody could be dumb enough to create the litany of mistakes the parents made but by the time it ended, I’d forgotten all about the plot holes and the weak parts and could only focus on how bad the ending was.
Overall, I can still recommend it at 3 stars; after all, the movie going public is accustomed to weak and abysmal endings at this point.
As an aside, I wish studios would quit promoting movies as something they aren’t. This was included in Prime advertising as some kind of Halloween/October scary movie offering. Not scary, not even a thriller, simply has some suspense. Not sure what kind of connection it has to Halloween...none that I could tell but when a movie is promoted as horror or a thriller, it just ends up disappointing the audience that is expecting something based on the promotions.