I’m not saying, I’m just saying...
Why don’t movies end anymore? I mean not all movies, just the fancy art house ones. The “Oscar” ones.
A couple nights ago I watched Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and I didn’t not enjoy the movie. It’s just something bugged me that I’ve come to start noticing it in other films. The movie did not truly conclude, but it also didn’t cliffhang in a climactic way, it just fizzled out.
In No Country For Old Men we are introduced to some remarkably interesting characters, a fascinating conflict is set out, and you know how it is all resolved? It isn’t, we’re stuck not sure if the person died or if anything really happened. Why does this bother me? People can explain it away as meaningful and hip and trendy all they want. But at the end of the day I find it unrealistic and almost, dare I say, lazy.
Things end in life, and it’s a disservice to pretend they don’t. Yeah it’s catchy and artsy to have some weird deeper meaning that leaves you asking more and more questions. I just think we’re trending more and more toward trying to be open ended.
My quarrel is not necessarily with No Country For Old Men and Three Billboards. It’s actually with so many of the movies that try to pull off what they did, just in a way that’s significantly worse.
I know at the end of the day, my opinion will always be unpopular in this regard. Hollywood has spoken. However, I just wish that movies like these knew how to end.