Every good story is said to have three parts:- Beginning, Middle and End.
Beginning – The start of the story sets the scene and introduces audiences to the characters. The beginning can be as in your face as you like for the first couple of minutes to get you hooked, but then it needs to slow down to give a real taste of the story and the characters.
Middle – After we are introduced to the characters we need to get to know them better so that we’re invested in them and what they have to go through. This is what the middle of the story is for. This is where the characters’ journeys happen, establishing who is good, who is bad, who is hot for who etc. Basically it’s how the characters change from how they were in the beginning to how they are in the end.
The End – After our characters have gone through their trials and tribulations, this is where they end up. The ending is by far the most important part of the movie. If you have sat through two hours of amazing cinematic goodness and the ending is crap then it ruins the entire film. It can have twists and turns, be huge and action packed or just leave you with a nice warm feeling of fulfillment. It can make a bad film worthwhile and an amazing film complete and utter rubbish! But, good or bad, it’s the part of the movie that sticks with you the most, so we at WOTN are going to celebrate our favourites, right now!
WARNING – This post is going to be filled with spoilers! So check the titles, they are not hard to miss, they’re the words in the bold print that are underlined, and if you haven’t seen the movie and intend to then don’t spoil the end for yourself! You have been warned.
So off we go……………
A lot s**t went down and characters you liked died, but with the non-sequential timeline, it ended with everyone happy and alive. I thought that was well done on Tarantino’s part to have a happy ending without jumping any sharks. – Becca Nark
First up today is a modern classic from movie god Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction. The movie follows a group of robbing, cheating gangsters as they go about their robbing, gangsta business and is perfectly summed up by Becca. The movie jumps to different points in the characters time line and ends in the same place it starts.
The end sees enforcer duo Vince (Travolta) and Jules (L. Jackson) face off with robbing duo Pumpkin (Roth) and Honey Bunny (Plummer) when a very cool discussion between the latter pair leads to them holding up a coffee shop at gun point. This is a good ending due to the fact that we see Vince gunned down by Butch (Willis) earlier in the movie. But thanks to the jumpy time line all four leave at the end of the scene alive and happy! Great movie, amazing ending.
Cabin In the Woods
Our second choice is another film full of mad twists and turns, mental horror, zombie, werewolf, slasher, mind f#$k movie, Cabin in the Woods.
A group of teen/twenty something’s, played by actors that are well in their thirties, end up at a cabin in some woods. Turns out that they are being manipulated by a group of technicians into playing out a scenario set to end with their deaths.
The movie ends with Dana (Connolly) and Marty (Kranz) in the basement of the technician’s facility where they meet the Director (Weaver). They find out that they are part of a ritual to keep the Ancient Ones, giant god like beings, from destroying the world. The pair decide that humanity isn’t worth it and sit down to enjoy a joint as the Ancient Ones wake up!
Because of everything I was expecting, I was not expecting THAT. – Becca Nark
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
Anime-tastic Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust follows D, the son of Count Dracula no less, as he searches for a young girl, Charlotte, who has been kidnapped by a vampire Baron. The movie is a race against time as D is not the only one on the trail of the girl and the Baron and the movie becomes a right old monster fest involving ghosts, shape shifters, shadow manipulators and all manner of baddies.
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust had the perfect ending to it. It was bittersweet and it reflects the immortal nature of the main character. – Joseph Furguson
The very end of the movie jumps to years later and we see D attend his friend and companion Leila’s funeral. D and the still human Leila made a pact that would see the one that survived the other bring flowers to their grave. The immortal D is seen talking to Leila’s granddaughter who offers him a place to stay which he declines to continue his adventures to who knows where.
Hailed as one of the all-time greatest movies, The Shawshank Redemption follows the story of the ill-fated Andy Dufresne (Robbins).
Because it made all the pain of the previous two hours worth it. Best good-guy-wins ending ever. – Rachel Proffitt
The start of the movie sees Andy returning home to catch his wife getting nasty with someone else and walking out without being seen. The next thing we know Andy’s wife turns up in deadsville and he is coping for the blame. Andy is sent to Shawshank for the murder of his wife; unlucky. While there he meets Red (Freeman, a good bad guy, as opposed to Andy who is a pretty bad good guy!), makes a library for the inmates, sneaks some music on, does the warden’s tax returns and manages to get some convenient masonry tools to make a stone chess set.
At the end of the movie we find out that Andy has been a busy boy. Not only has he made his chess set he has also made an Andy shaped tunnel out of his cell to freedom. Before going he tells Red a story that leads him, upon his release, to some money that’s under a tree and a little further to meet Andy on a beach sanding a boat! Great movie, lovely ending.
The Dark Knight Rises
The last movie in the Nolan trilogy, TDKR managed to swoop its way up to number seven in the list of highest grossing movies of all time. Pitted against Bane (Hardy) we see the Dark Knight (Bale) broken and pushed to the limit as Gotham is held hostage once more by the League of Shadows. The movie sees the bat helped (sort of) by Catwoman (Hathaway) and a young cop known as Blake (Gordon-Levitt).
I freaking LOVED that slightly-but-not-really ambiguous ending with JGL finding the BatCave and us realizing he’s about to become Robin/Nightwing, plus the happy ending for Bruce Wayne with Selina of all people. When Alfred saw him and they smiled at one another in the cafe, it felt so full circle and complete. – Liz Chenery Long
And that about sums it up. Batman/Bruce Wayne presumed dead, sneaks off to live the good life with Selina ‘Catwoman’ Kyle leaving Blake, also known as Robin, to stumble in to the Batcave to continue the legacy.
Any Indiana Jones Movie That Isn’t Crystal Skull
The ending of Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’s such a good conspiracy theory ending with the long shot of the man pushing the cart containing the Ark of the Covenant amongst a sea of other crates. And the set up line of the ark being examined by “top men” is brilliant. Also, the ending of The Last Crusade. Before Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Crusade gave us a great wrap-up to Indiana’s adventures with the emotional payoff of the relationship between father and son with the added bonus of learning Indiana was named after the dog! Salah’s laughter is so wonderfully contagious. Plus, they get to ride off into the sunset, so to speak. Perfect ending. – Samantha Cross
I’m not going to go through the Indy movies for you; if you haven’t seen them then you have issues, big ones, see somebody. The first three Indiana Jones movies took us all over the world and dealt with such subjects as religion and………………. well religion and their masterpieces (I have to say that I also really liked the fourth movie, but I will shut up about that while I still have most of you onside). We followed Dr. Jones (Ford) on his adventures to secure some massively religious relics including the Ark of the Covenant, The Sankara Stones and the Holy Grail. So here are the three endings summed up real fast.
Raiders of the Lost Ark – Nazi’s melt, Ark secured, stored in a warehouse to be ‘studied’.
Temple of Doom – Stones recovered, bridge cut, crocodiles, drought cured.
The Last Crusade – Old Knight, Nazi melts, Grail lost, Indiana = dogs name, ride into sunset.
Shallow Grave has a perfect ending, but because it is a movie I’m not sure many people have seen (AND THEY SHOULD), I don’t want to say any more. Directed by Danny Boyle, starring Ewan McGregor, and the 9th Doctor himself, Christopher Eccleston, it is a fantastic 90s “Holy S#*t” thriller. – Rachel Proffitt
Oh, isn’t Rachel nice not to spoil the ending for us? Good job. I don’t really give a rat’s arse: you have had a warning. In Shallow Grave we meet three roommates looking for a fourth. When Hugo (Allen) moves in with the group it’s not long before they find him dead of a drug overdose. But, as luck would have it, he is also holding on to a large bag of money. The other three roommates discover the money and the body, decide it’d be better to keep the money and bury poor old Hugo in a ‘Shallow Grave’ (good, eh?)
The ending of the movie sees David (Eccleston), who has grown massively paranoid that the three of them will be discovered, start a fight with the other two. Getting the best of the pair he stabs Alex (McGregor) through the shoulder and is about to finish him when Juliet (Fox) stabs him in the neck, dead. Turns out that Juliet is a bit of a greedy cow as she uses a shoe to hammer the knife in Alex’s shoulder all the way through and in to the floor, pinning him, and bogs off with the money. Unfortunately for poor old Juliet, Alex has to laugh as he has hidden the money under the floor and filled the case with scrap paper. Worth a knife in the arm if you ask me.
Aww….I completely forgot about Shallow Grave! Must watch that again soon. – Dieter Zimmerman
Right, that’s your lot for now. Stay tuned for some more in WOTN – Favourite Movie Endings #2 around the same time next week!