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Falling Sky (1998)
The final scene at the end of the movie is very much like the first at the beginning. Only at the beginning I didn't know why there was a girl lying face down in the lake at the cove. Could it be accident, a homicide, a suicide? Then Emily begins speaking to us as to what has happened. And then we know the girl in the lake is the one speaking, and we learn how she came to this fate as the movie progresses. What a sad heart-wrenching moving story!
The final scene in the movie tells me that she was probably in the pool while her life flashed before her eyes in seconds. To us, we saw it in one hour and a half.
I've been going back and forth in my mind as to whether she lived or died at the end. The final words she says are: "In the end, my mother chose to die. And there was nothing I could do to ease her pain. Except perhaps...(sounds of water being pulled out of the pond and falling back into the pond, and then a sound of her gasping for air).....by choosing to live!."
This appears to me as if she pulled her head out of the water and choose to live as she says. But I'm not entirely clear as to whether she does or not without a bit more proof. Let's see...Emily says there was nothing she could do to ease her mother's pain and so her mother took her own life. But, Emily also says that her mothers' pain was eased by her (Emily) choosing to live. To me this means that although her mother was in so much pain that she (mother) took her own life, her pain was in fact eased nevertheless because Emily choose to continue living (at the time that her mother took her own life). Evidently the mother's pain wasn't eased enough to stop her from taking her life, but it was "eased" nevertheless. And when Emily, in the process of committing suicide, realizes this and so she pulls her head out of the water to choose to live.
I hope my analyses is correct and that there's a somewhat happy ending. I do realize life don't always have a happy endings. And I wouldn't think of this movie badly if Emily did die because there's nothing wrong with movies showing us how real life is really like, as a lot of them don't. I'd be very sad if the movie had a sad ending. I don't think the movie is bad at all. I found it very emotional as I saw Emily spiral downward and I though, no don't do that, don't think this way, or things will get worse...
I'm pretty sure she decides to live, and this is a very good decision.
The Haunted Mansion (2003)
I loved it!
I really liked Haunted Mansion. It was both funny and spooky all at once! I loved this movie so much I had to watch it a 2th time.
Eddie Murphy fit the role well. Also glad to see good driving habits practiced by Mrs. Sara Evers (Marsha Thomason) who used a hands free cell phone. And I think Marsha Thomason is a good looking actress.
But I didn't think it was ok for the parents to leave the kids alone in a room in this strange house - especially this house! It was quite obvious from the butlers reaction to the rest of the family and other stuff that something was very odd about the whole thing. I shook my head in disbelief when I heard the parents tell the kids that they will be all right all alone.
Terance Stamp was a good choice for the part of Ramsley - a very creepy person! Not once did he crack a smile.
Also, most people leave the movie theatres when the end credits start rolling. I usually stay to read filming locations and music that was used in the movie. And this time I was surprised to notice that at the very end, Madame Leota returning on screen to tell us a message! Since everyone else had left the theatre, I was the only one to hear it.
The movie is based on the original Haunted Mansion story I first read back in the 1970s. In the original story of the Haunted Mansion, the mansion was still haunted at end of the story. We were not told why it was haunted just that it was. But this movie version had a plot written in it so that there is a mystery to be solved. And when it is solved, it's no longer haunted at the end. I'm not sure that this was a good idea because now no more future movies of the Haunted Mansion can be made.
I first read the story as a child in an "Original-Little-Long-Playing 7-inch-Records" by Walt Disney way back in the early 1970s. Later, I came across an LP album version of it staring Ron Howard (yes that one) and Robie Lester who played Mike and Karen who stumbled on the old mansion and went inside to escape the rain. I use to listen to it over and over in the dark.
Anyone old enough to remember this?
Some Info. about this is found on the Net.
Honey - good moral values (may be spoiler)
I don't know why there were bad reviews about this movie. I though Honey Daniels had very good moral values in that she wanted to use her talent to help street kids and that's so cool. Everybody theater I attended appear to love it. This is a feel-good movie that was well done.
Another thing I liked was the closing credits. There is actually something to watch while the credits of the movie scroll. The credits scroll on the left while a music video Honey made plays on the right. Everybody stayed in the theatre to watch it, unlike other movies where everybody just gets up and leave. I wouldn't mind if more movies ended like this.
The bad reviews may have caused at least movie theaters where I live to not display the movie poster! They said they didn't have room for it! I don't think this is fair. Movies shouldn't be judge by what someone else (movie critics) says about it. We should all watch it for ourselves and then decide.