Click For The Z Review Homepage!
Movie News!
Movies Coming Soon!
Movie Reviews!
Movie Trailers!
All The hot Movie DVD 's!
Movie Features!
Movie Community!
Movie Resource!
Site Contents Copyrightę 2001 The Z Review, unless used with permission.

Hot News!
We have moved to our Brand new home on our own server at

Please click over there for ALL our DAILY updates!

Movie Features

Unhappy Endings  

I was wondering about something. Have you ever seen a film with an unhappy ending?

Now... By that I don't really mean 'unhappy'. There are loads of films where the hero dies at the end or everyone ends-up in floods of tears or whatever - but in just about every case I can think of the film ends on a note of moral positiveness or hope.

The whole cast may be killed-off or whatever but you generally find that there's a sense of catharsis or denoument or a prevailing sense of hope for the future, or a moral lesson to be learnt.

Even films like 'American Beauty' which documents the gradual crumbling of the facade of domestic happiness tend to finish with a sense of hope... Our hero may be dead but we realise they did all love each other, there was a chance of reconcilliation with morality or 'god' or whatever.

It occurred to me that I've never seen a film with an entirely negative view, given the number of manic depressives and 'look aren't I woeful' arty types in the world, you would have thought someone might have managed to create something that purposefully set-out to communicate a sense of hopelessness to its audience?

You could argue that such a film would be - by means of example - a great advertisment for hopefullness, but I think an intelligent audience should be able to decide exactly how a piece of art or film affects them. An example - look at Fight Club, one its major themes was the exploration of destructiveness and self-destruction.

The concept of casting-off things like hope and growth - of embracing the fact that once you've sunk to a certain point there's nothing left in the world that can harm you. I was just starting to get interested when we discovered the whole thing was the result of an 'aberration', a schizophrenic mindfuck.

And, once again, it's the good side (Edward Norton) that wins-out in the end.

So is Hollywood too scared to actually give us a movie that is prepared to give us movies that are confident enough to leave the film on an unhappy and downbeat ending?

I for one would appreciate it if they treated us with enough respect to do so.

Si Spurious


Movie Magazines,
Movie Posters,
Celebrity Addresses,
Movie Music,
Cinema Tickets

Spiderman Poster!
Buy the Poster!
Release Dates
United Kingdom
Play our FREE Games!
Radio Station
Listen to the radio while you surf the web