November 26, 2007

Because I Can

Stephen King (who's output has really turned clunky in the last ten years) is very high on the new ending given to his story "The Mist" which opened last Friday.

"[Director/Writer] Frank [Darabont] wrote a new ending that I loved. It is the most shocking ending ever and there should be a law passed stating that anybody who reveals the last 5 minutes of this film should be hung from their neck until dead."
Well, thanks to Wikipedia, here it is:

Driving through the mist, David returns home to find his wife has fallen victim to the spider-like creatures. Heartbroken, he drives the group south until running out of gas without finding any other survivors. Surrendering to their fate, the group silently agrees that there is no point in going further. With four bullets left in the gun and five people in the car, David shoots Amanda, Dan, Irene, and his son, Billy, to save them from death at the hands of the creatures. Wailing, he attempts to shoot himself with the now-empty gun before exiting the vehicle to let the mist take him. After a few moments, however, a military tank drives by in the same direction, followed by a large squadron of soldiers clearing away the mist and several trucks full of survivors, including the mother whom nobody from the store would escort. Completely mad, David falls to his knees screaming as a pair of soldiers look at him in confusion. He had been driving away from help the entire time.
That's for all those oversized novels by Mr. King that I've had to plod through only to get to a most unsatisfying (and often ridiculously implausible) ending.


Posted by Gary at November 26, 2007 01:43 PM | TrackBack

I forced myself to read the new ending. I feel surprisingly good about it.

Posted by: steve at November 26, 2007 03:50 PM

Ugh. I have become particularly sensitive to stories of children coming to harm, whether real or fictional, since becoming a father.

Posted by: Boy Named Sous at November 27, 2007 02:35 AM

I saw the movie on Friday because the younger generation, gathered at the house for extended Thanksgiving festivities, insisted I would love it. It was horrible. Apparently, the liberal, anti-Christian, anti-military, Luddite storyline wasn't enough. King ended his novella on a hopeful note that wasn't consistent with the sentiments expressed previously by the protagonists. The characters' suicide was the natural choice for people of that persuasion: without hope sustained by faith, what is the point of struggle?

Posted by: old school lady at November 27, 2007 12:37 PM