Carstens: Splitting the end of a movie ruins the integrity


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Courtney Carstens

The world has had a long love affair with movies and how they offer us a way to immerse ourselves in different worlds for a few hours.

This love is especially palpable when it comes to stories the world became attached to long before the film even hit theaters and Hollywood came up with a sneaky way to maximize profit by drawing them out as long as humanly possible.

Movie makers have attempted to create a guarantee that customers would return to theaters for another concession stand spree to accompany a ticket to see the next installment of their favorite cinematic series.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II,” “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II,” “Kill Bill Vol. 1” and Vol. 2 are all movies that have been split into two parts.

The ever-popular “Divergent” series will split its last book, “Allegiant,” into two parts and was recently adapted to the big screen. Originally only one book, “Allegiant” has been split to accommodate the last film, which will be titled “Ascendant” and will hit theaters in June 2017. This quadrilogy movie trend needs to stop to maintain the integrity of films. (Do not read further if you wish to avoid spoilers.)

Movie producers need to stop this trend of making book-based movies longer so they can profit. Breaking up books into multiple parts results in a lack of quality, and the storyline suffers greatly. Producers want money but they should care more about their work and audiences’ reactions toward an altered plot rather than their wallets.

The storyline suffered in most of the movies addressed in this column. Many scenes in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II” were added to seemingly drag on the storyline. A lot of the scenes were fluffy and useless to the meat of the plot. In one scene, Katniss and Peeta are seen on a beach watching the water and talking for awhile before Peeta gives Katniss the pearl.

Multiple similar scenes were used throughout the movie when that wasted time could have instead been used to incorporate more important scenes that better align the film with the best-selling books.

The last “Harry Potter” movie included a scene of Hermione and Harry dancing in a tent in a forest. While this scene shows that there was some happiness during dark times, it was not an integral part of the storyline.

The quality of these movies continues to go down hill, and many people are beginning to take notice.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II” only made $650,000 in worldwide box offices, while all of the other movies in the series made thousands more than part two of the split film. While this money trend is not necessarily the case for all of the films listed above, the more a book’s plot is split, the more likely the integrity of the story crumbles.

The money these movies bring in shows that people seem to lose interest when they are split into multiple parts. Making these movies may add a little bit of cha-ching in the producers’ wallets because people want to see how the story they have been watching unfold on screen for years ends. 

Turn off the lights and bring on the salty popcorn and fizzy drinks, but let’s hope this movie stays in one part. If it doesn’t, the movie will come to an abrupt end right after the beginning credits start rolling with a message that reads, “Part two will be out in another year and there will be a part three. We hope you enjoyed your movie.” Unfortunately, we will have not enjoyed our movie at all because it didn’t align with the original story.