5 Movie Happy Endings That Are Not Really Happy At All
Many filmgoers profess to love happy endings, but how happy are they, really? Some movies might appear to end well but they're actually kind of scary when you think about it. Here are four of the best movie endings like that, and make sure you read through to the end - you might miss something important.
Nicolas Winding Refn isn't known for his happy endings, but the ending of his latest movie "Drive" seems pretty sunny by comparison. The bad guy gets killed, and the "good" guy drives off into the sunset. But is it? First of all, the driver might be dead after all. And second: Is the driver that good a guy, when you think about it? He's pretty violent, what with all the head-smashing and face-slapping he does in the movie. Some heroes might be pretty dangerous walking (or driving) the streets.
Arnold Schwarzenegger comes off pretty well at the end of the sci-fi classic "Total Recall." He's gone from a sadsack husband to heroic secret agent, aiding the noble Martian rebels and getting the girl. But wait-- what if that's all part of his memory implantation "vacation," the one he paid for at the beginning of the movie? What if nothing that happened in the movie was "real" after all? As Arnie himself puts it, it's not really a happy ending as much as it is a "mindf*ck."
The ending of Wong Kar-Wai's romantic masterpiece "Chungking Express" seems pretty hopeful at first. The lovesick cop and his stalker/girlfriend seem to have made a genuine connection, and are about to embark on a great adventure together. But the whole rest of the movie is all about how nothing lasts forever, not even "undying love." So if you're cynical enough, the ending might not seem too happy after all. You'd have to be pretty cynical for that, though.
By the end of "Inception," Leonardo DiCaprio has gone through one of the most complex adventures in modern movies. He finally makes it out of his business of stealing (and "incepting") people's dreams and goes back to his kids, which is what he wanted all along. So he does what any dream thief would do, takes out his totem used for determining whether he's in a dream or reality, puts it on the table, and spins it. The only problem is the movie goes to credits before we can see the result of the reality test. Like "Total Recall," it's a mindf*ck, and far from a happy ending.
Both the comic and the movie version of "Watchmen" have a great ending. Rorschach's journal, which holds the secret to Ozymandias' plot to unite the world through an act of terrorism. It seems cool at first - "hooray! The bad guy is going to be discovered!" But then if you think about it, it seems a bit more ominous. Because despite Ozy's unethical methods, the world really has been united - what happens if that falls apart? Even more people will die, that's what.