Do We Fetishize Endings?

“The ending of a film, or any narrative, bears a disproportionate amount of the artistic weight. Endings are the last thing we see, and the thing most likely to stay in the memory. And there’s a natural inclination, in any long and complex work, to focus on the ending: Art, like life, often passes by in a state of semi-confusion, but a solid ending proves to the audience that the director had control all along. And the power of a good ending has particular resonance in a ‘closure’ society, a society that strives for finality in things of the heart (closure after grief) and clairvoyance in most everything else (how’s this going to turn out?).”