It is difficult to stick the landing. The thing people will remember the most after watching a movie is the ending, so making that ending work is pretty much the most important thing there is. Even if the rest if your story is perfect, if the ending leaves people dissatisfied, it can tarnish the whole project.
Then there are the movies that go the other way. Sometimes a movie is, overall, honestly not that great, but somehow when it comes to act three, it blows it out of the woods. In most cases, this probably won’t save the movie; it’s still bad, but it still has movie value with an amazing finale. Here are some examples of bad movies with amazing endings.
Before we go any further, it’s important to note that we’re staying away from twist endings here, as they can frequently change the perspective on an entire movie and cause us to see the “bad” parts in a different light. in this case, we’re talking about movies that are still mostly bad when the credits roll, even though the ending was surprisingly good.
The Lone Ranger
On paper, it’s easy to see why The Lone Ranger was a popular idea. The director of the first Pirates of the Caribbean the movie returns and re-teams with Johnny Depp for another pulp adventure, this time swapping pirates for cowboys. Unfortunately, this time, Depp’s antics get the better of him, and he draws attention away from the titular hero. Of course, the film has other problems as well.
And then this music starts and everything changes. When “William Tell Overture” starts playing and the Lone Ranger goes racing for that train, the movie cuts to the adventure it’s trying to be. The ending is so good that it makes the rest of the film’s problems even more frustrating. The Lone Ranger even ends with a startling emotional resonance as we watch an elder Tonto slowly drift away into the distance for the entirety of the credits.
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
At this point, there is not much to say about the star wars prequels. Although they’ve received some reappraisal in recent years, it’s hard to say the movies are great. The first two thirds of The Phantom Menace seem to have little going for them except for the cool digital effects of a pod racing sequence.
But we all love “Duel of Fates”, don’t we? From the moment Darth Maul comes face to face with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn, we get what is generally considered the best lightsaber battle in the entire franchise. John Williams’ music adds that extra bit of emotion, as it almost always does. The only problem with the ending is that it’s not just about that fight, but it’s easy to forget the rest because that streak is so good.
It’s hard to say a Pixar movie is really bad, but monster university is one of the studio inputs you’ve probably largely forgotten about. Seeing Mike and Sully together on screen after Monsters Inc. has its charm, it’s just hard to see from looking at it why it was a Pixar prequel worth making.
But it is, because the end is the point. When Mike is forced to face the fact that he’s not the monster he always wanted to be, it’s absolutely heartbreaking. This emotional resonance that Pixar is so known for comes through despite everything that has come before, and because it does, the rest of the film kicks into high gear thanks to the power of this sequence.
When we go to see a Godzilla movie, so we’re expecting a Godzilla movie. In other words, we want to see the giant monster destroy things. If we’re going to focus the story more on the human characters, then it should be their reaction or response to Godzilla that we’re dealing with for the most part. Sadly, none of that is the story we get for most of 2014. Godzilla, and the main character is barely in the movie. It was clearly an attempt to pull a Jaws keeping the monster hidden, but it doesn’t work here
But we know the movie is setting up for a giant monster fight, and at the very least, when we get there, the fight doesn’t disappoint. It’s complete kaiju madness, and at this point, that’s all anyone remembers from this movie.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
The first one terminator is an iconic film, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day it’s even better. But after that the terminator the franchise fell off a cliff, and it all started with Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Whatever magic the first two installments had, it’s missing here.
However, when it comes to the end, T3 makes itself memorable by going where previous films couldn’t or didn’t want to go and finally gives us Judgment Day. Maybe it’s because the ending is so unexpected that it works so well, but the conclusion is memorable, and in a good way.
Presenter 2: the legend continues
Presenter: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is one of those films that has earned cult status as one of Will Ferrell’s most hilarious and craziest comedies. It’s a movie that didn’t really need a sequel, but if it did, there would be an audience for it. However, while the film isn’t without its moments, most would agree that the sequel didn’t quite live up to “legend.”
That is to say until the end, when Presenter 2 gives us the local news brawl to end all local news brawls. Every time you think the movie is running out of characters and cameos to include, another group shows up to add to the mess. The sequence goes so far that it is impressive.
A bad ending can ruin an otherwise good movie. Antithetically, a good ending rarely saves a bad movie. If you agree that these movies are bad outside of their ending, you probably wouldn’t want to watch the whole movie again. If, however, you found them streaming, you can skip ahead just to relive the big ending one more time.