Not long after my Viva, I went to watch Pirates of the Carribean 2 at Seremban TGV. It is a good solid flick at 2.5 hours long, but I didn't like the ending.
Actually, it's hard to even call it an ending as it's more like a cliffhanger. When did big screen movies become small screen dramas? Traditionally, big screen movies are supposed to pack the beginning, middle, and end into a single film while small screen serials are allowed to have cliffhangers leading from one episode to another. But nowadays the lines have blurred and big screen movies that are seen to have "potential" are automatically extended for 2 or 3 sequels.
The first film I remember doing this "unholy trinity" is the Matrix. After their unprecedented success, the greedy makers felt tempted to sign on the actors for two more sequels. And it sucked, big time.
The next one was of course the Lord of the Rings. Just like Pirates of the Carribean, the 2nd sequel felt "empty" as it didn't quite have a real ending. Due to this, my interest in the final installment waned and I only watched The Return of the King once. Compare this to the five times I watched The Fellowship of the Ring on DVD.
But perhaps the worst offender of this trend is the Harry Potter series. We'll get not one, not two, not three, but SIX sequels! And since they're spaced so far apart, it's quite hard to like their movie adaptations anymore. Yes, there is a mystery each year and they are solved at the end but the fact remains that Lord Voldemort is still out and about. And it's not over till Harry slays Tom Riddle. Not to mention that the lead actor's acting skills are pretty "wooden". Someone needs to tell them that once they pass the "cute" age, they'll have to start displaying some real emotions to be believable.
Speaking of Harry Potter, even J.K. Rowling is getting on the bandwagon! Her latest Harry Potter (Part 6, The Half Blood Prince) is filled with... lots of air. There's not much of a plot, but more of a preparation for the final battle in Part 7. And as you might have guessed, the ending didn't close off the issues introduced in that book so we're reduced to paying RM80 for the final Harry Potter.
And that is the end of today's rant! Yup, no cliffhanger tricks applied in this post!