That ending - fair or unfair? Spoiler warning

Discussion in 'The Mist' started by Neil W, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. Neil W

    Neil W Well-Known Member

    Frank Darabont's third outing with a Stephen King story again proves to be a strong and faithful adaptation.

    But it comes with a controversial ending which goes a step beyond the story. I believe King was perfectly happy with Darabont doing this: I am also aware that not every reader-then-viewer was.

    I thought it was OK, I didn't have a problem with it.

    I'm saying nothing else at this point but, if we're going to discuss it, those who haven't seen the movie need to understand that anything else in this thread may contain spoilers.
     
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  2. no bounce no play

    no bounce no play I am Borg

    I liked the books ending... even thought it was a satisfactory ending :) But... I thought the visual impact of the film's ending worked best for the film. I don't think the film's ending would have worked for the book.
     
  3. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...honestly, I thought the movie end-while visually engrossing...was lame...
     
  4. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    I read the story, saw the movie or most of it...have forgotten both somewhat...and therefore it is no longer a burden to me. Yellow snow! :)
     
  5. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Liked the story ending, disliked the movie ending.
     
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  6. ghost19

    ghost19 ..."I aim with my eye."...

    Same sentiment. Liked the movie a lot, didn't like the ending. Book ending was awesome.
     
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  7. Lisey Landon

    Lisey Landon Well-Known Member

    I have the same issue. I can't really remember the ending of either the story or the movie.
    What I do know, is that I liked both. And I loved how they used the
    Dark Tower artwork in the movie.
     
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  8. Autumn Gust

    Autumn Gust Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I agree with Giant-- the ending was lame. It reminded me of the ending of George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. (Except that ending made a lot more sense.) Too easy of a way out, too psycologically cliche. For some reason, the creative juices just petered out at the end of that production. The ending of The Mist left me saying, "Really? Seriously, really??"
     
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  9. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...Hear Ye!...Hear Ye!...be it known, that on this date in the year of our Lord 2014-someone agreed with me!....please, allow yourselves to bask in my awesomeness...
     
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  10. Neil W

    Neil W Well-Known Member

    I really liked the movie ending. The story in the book ended unresolved, which was fine. The film resolved that ending, really powerfully, although I can understand people not liking it.
     
  11. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    I'm with the above two, and those who liked the book ending, not the movie one. I know Steve says he likes the movie ending fine, but I have two problems with it...
    the first being that I felt the books ending was perfect for what the story was really saying to me, which is the idea of the horror of which mankind, in our greed and lack of recognition of certain boundaries, is capable. The movie ending didn't task advantage of this horror, but made man the victor after all, as in virtually all of the 50s fear-of-nukes scifi thrillers.To me the book suggests the possibility that mankind screwed up and ushered in a subsequent evolutionary change, resulting in mankind losing dominion over the Earth; imho, a brilliant horror concept.

    The second problem I have with the ending is the failure of the suspension of disbelief for me when after they stop the SUV within a relatively short period of time they decide to commit murder and suicide. I don't believe any group of people, especially who've fought so hard to save their lives, would simply give up. They would at least argue about it, probably wait for a very long period of time after driving hopelessly 'til they ran out of gas. Or one of them would take the risk of trying to find shelter for the sake of the others.
     
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  12. guido tkp

    guido tkp Well-Known Member

    the book/story ended on just the right note...we knew there was the possibility of an ending such as the one portrayed in the movie...but we also knew it was a last resort measure, if all else failed, if everything went horribly wrong...

    we also knew that the ragtag group was willing to try...willing to fight...

    the ending of that movie sucked beyond words because, in one moment, we had a heroic team...and suddenly, THAT solution became the first and only resort...

    after all these folks had been thru ??

    what a total lame putz frank turned our...coughcough... hero into...

    the book ended with possibilities...

    the movie ended with cold blooded murder for no real reason...
     
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  13. Riot87

    Riot87 I has Pyrokinesis

    I was not expecting that ending. The part i didn't like was how the giant creature at the end was not as big as in the story. Like they were only suppose to be able to see its legs:flustered:
     
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  14. Bryan James

    Bryan James Well-Known Member

    The ending of the movie is one of the most terrifying things I've seen in a while. Movie-scary doesn't happen to me any more...maybe startled rarely but that's it.

    The realization that he made the right choice for the right reason but just barely at the wrong time would devastate that character.

    In his shoes, I'd want another bullet.
     
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  15. guido tkp

    guido tkp Well-Known Member

    ..and use it on the screenwriter !!
     
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  16. OldDarth

    OldDarth Well-Known Member

    I prefer the open ending of the novella and think it would be a great springboard for a TV series.

    While the initial shock of the movie ending worked for me at the time, I like it less and less every time I rewatch it. Too bad as the rest of the movie is pretty damn great.
     
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  17. Rrty

    Rrty Well-Known Member

    I loved the movie's ending, but I always thought it could have been even better.

    If memory serves, the protagonist shoots everyone in the car, but he lives because there is no bullet for him. One of the people he shoots is a child.

    Here's how I would have ended it:

    The protagonist shoots himself and the others but leaves the child alive. This deepens the ending on two levels. First, it shows that, in the end, selfish instinct takes over, which is a very dark part of humanity under pressure, and it harkens back to "1984" and Room 101 (I'm also thinking of George Carlin's thoughts on humans confronted by such circumstances). Second, it actually presents a happy ending: the serendipity of the soldiers' arrival allows the child to live. Shooting a child is pretty dark, so the movie could have prevented one dark ending while introducing another one (not that it was obligated to do so).
     
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  18. guido tkp

    guido tkp Well-Known Member

    ooooooo-ugh.....sorry....but, ummmm....no

    that pretty much abrogates what King insinuated with the original story altogether, if i remember correctly...

    the reason he does it (thinks about it/discusses it in the book) in that order is for a specific reason...not arbitrary...

    and leaving the kid ?? after making him watch the horror of his father murder two innocent people...and then blow his own head off ?!!??

    nothing happy there...even if the mist lifts and the good guys arrive...

    sorry, with all due respect...lost me on that one...

    on the bright side...i love the fact that you're thinking that there might've been a better answer...cheers
     
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  19. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Angel in Devil's Shoes, Salvation in the Blues

    I HATE it. Ugh. The rest of the movie was bloody brilliant, however.
     
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  20. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Active Member

    Ending was garbage, ruined the entire movie for me and I have never had the urge to watch it again just because i know what's coming in the last 2 minutes.
     
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