“How It Ends” Review

Hey guys! Here’s my first film review! I am so excited to dive into this part of my blog, so lets get to it.

Disclaimer: There maybe spoilers so if you plan on watching this film (which I believe you would be saving lots of time if you avoided it at all costs), you have been warned.

How It Ends is about this couple who plan on getting married while a baby is already on the way. Will (the boyfriend, Theo James) flies to Chicago to ask his girlfriend’s dad, Tom (Forest Whitaker) to bless the marriage proposal. You realize Tom and Will have a strong dislike for each other. Conflict arises at dinner when Tom criticizes Will’s profession, financial stability, and lack of consideration towards Sara (the girlfriend and daughter, Kat Graham) moving out of state. Will loses his temper and gets escorted out by Tom’s wife. The following morning, Sara calls Will to confront him about what happened at dinner, when a strange noise booms from her end of the line. She expresses something is wrong as the phone glitches and ends the call. Will heads to the airport to discover all flights are cancelled, the power is out across the country, and the government is remaining silent about what is happening. Will returns to Tom’s home to be informed that whatever is happening is more catastrophic than the government is leading on. Tom is going to drive all the way to Seattle to save Sara and asks Will to come with him. The journey consists of natural and human survival dangers, and a few new characters introduced to keep the story interesting. I won’t reveal what happens in the end in case some of you want to watch it, but here are my thoughts on it.

It was shit. I understand this is supposed to be a fictionalized story of the end, but if you are going to involve global warming to be the cause, have some research and science fueling it. This is a constant issue in the storytelling, laziness. For example, there’s a scene where a city is left in ruins, yet a message that is written in pen on the door remained after a fucking volcano eruption. How did that note remain on the door when everything was destroyed from the natural disaster? HOW DID THE WRITING REMAIN ON THE DOOR AFTER A TSUNAMI OR WHATEVER OCCURRED? It was just an easy escape for the writer to move the story along. On top of that, they introduced such pointless characters that had no contribution to the plot. They annoyed the audience and they would disappear. It left you wondering why they were there in the first place. At that point, they should’ve kept the story simple by having Will and Tom facing the dangers by themselves. Their struggle to find the person they love could’ve been a better story, and probably would offer the movie opportunities to fix plot holes of how/why the world was ending. Unfortunately, Will and Tom seem to magically bond by the end of the film. Will gains a bad-ass attitude with skills in driving and fighting that he definitely didn’t have before. Tom breaks his ribs, yet his many years in the Marine Corps didn’t teach him how to take care of himself and his injuries. What confirmed that the movie was shit, was the ending. If I knew ‘how it ends’, I would’ve never watched it.

How dare you Netflix get rid of us seeing what the ratings are, and instead show how much of a match this film was for me to view. I KNOW YOU’RE GOING TO SAY IT’S A STRONG MATCH FOR ME, IT WAS A FILM YOU PRODUCED. Anyways, I will give this film a rating of how it “actually matched” me.

Actual Match Percentage: 10 %

Why 10%? Because the only good thing about this film was the cinematography. If you are interested in cool and clever shots, with some impressive visuals, this film is for you. However, if the whole film matters, do not see it. If the film’s story was as good as the cinematography, it would be decent.

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i love you most.

a few weeks ago,  three interactions made me realize something.

the first one, my boyfriend.

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i was leaving his place to go eat dinner with my family. this relationship is probably the most mature one i’ve had yet. i have a key to his place, i have a toothbrush there, and some pieces of clothes lying around. my home away from home. not only was our union random, but the way it started shoudn’t have been that easy for us. and we definitely should’ve been more cautious going into it. but we weren’t, and everything happened so organically and nothing felt rushed at all. our big foundation was we had plenty of time, when rushing was always my biggest worry due to past problems. and he completely understood. we have fun doing the most basic things, from watching Drake and Josh on the couch to grocery shopping at Sprouts. there’s never a dull moment. anyways,  he walked me to my car and he held my hand until we got to my vehicle. i turned away from Hermia (yes, that is my car’s name, in honor of Midsummer Night’s Dream) and looked up at my big friendly giant boyfriend to be kissed quickly by him, “got ya!” stealing kisses is his specialty, so are silly voices. he tells me to have fun and he’ll see me soon. as he walks away i say love you. he responds i love you more. i shout back i love you most. he shakes his head side to side as he yells back No!

the second one, my mom.

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i was leaving the restaurant where i met up with my mom and dad. we ate Persian food, the culture my dad descends from and I am half of. we had a lovely time trying this new hole in a wall, to the point where we plan on having this be our new place. they had tender steak kabobs, perfectly cooked rice, and the spices mixed well to satisfy any foodie. my dad left early to go on a walk, while my mom and i stayed behind for some hot tea. we talked about her tennis match and the rest of my day. it was peaceful and comfortable. of course, a few jokes and teasing were added to make light of the mood. i am known as my mom’s twin, clone, the blondes. whatever fits the day, i am always paired with my mom. and who wouldn’t like to be? i love my mom. thus, when we parted ways to our cars i started to holler at her i love you. she responded i love you more. i curiously shouted back i love you most. she laughed as she responded No!

the third one, my best friend

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i was driving back to my boyfriend’s because I accidentally left my textbook behind. i decide to call my best friend who now goes to school up north. we met through our college tennis team and we were inseparable. we went through a period where we carpooled together to school, even though she and i lived a huge gap of time away. that’s when we bonded the most. we lip synched to songs we showed each other, with too many of them being claimed as our songs. when she left, it was hard for us both. phone calls remained our consistent connection, and we would talk long enough that the distance didn’t matter. all that mattered was we were still there for each other, no matter what. to bring this all back, she answered and we fell into our old habits of jokes then telling each other what we did today. i pulled up to my boyfriend’s house and told her i had to go. i sadly said i love you. she insisted i love you more. i confidently confirmed i love you most. she giggled and shouted from my phone’s speaker NOPE!

why am i sharing this? because, there are points in life where you feel unloved or alone. i have definitely felt like that in my life. at this point however, i have created strong relationships with people i am truly grateful for. i have felt in the past people taking advantage of my compassion, and when they would say they loved me, i knew it didn’t compare to how much i cared for them. i have cut those people out of my life and others should too. it does get hard because those emotional drainers realize how important you were to feed their idea of themselves, so they’ll say/do anything to keep you near. if that is the case, watch out for yourself and stay strong. because one day, you will find yourself surrounded by people who live closely by your moral compass. and another day will come, when your wholehearted love will be met with theirs evenly.