“A 30-something woman navigating through love and heartbreak over the course of one year. During that time, she will unlock the secrets to her life in a sudden turn of events and in the most surprising of places.”-IMDB
Well, I got what was coming to me with this movie. Let me clarify…
I really only watched this because I looove Jamie Dornan and I also find Sebastian Stan very attractive (bonus points in this non-existant pop culture trivia game if you noticed that they were both also in the first season of Once Upon a Time). That and the trailer had a pretty solid soundtrack. That’s it. I didn’t hear positive reviews and the rest of the trailer made the film look pretty predictable.
Well, it was sliiiiiiiiiightly better than I expected. But not much. It did have an interesting flow to it because a lot of the scenes were improvised by the actors, so it felt a little less forced than I expected. And if you’re not a Jamie Dornan fan, I think you should watch this because he gets to show off more of his humor and his delightful Irish accent instead of his godawful American, 50 Shades one (also, if you hate him, please watch The Fall and get your facts straight). Also, shout out to Wendie Malick who probably had ten minutes of screen time, but was impactful every time she made an appearance.
Alright, there are the compliments out of the way. The real problem I had with Endings, Beginnings is that it felt like the thesis project of a UCLA student. The storyline was very predictable (even the twists). I had very little sympathy for any of the characters. And, worst of all, this movie came out smack dab in the middle of Coronavirus. If the virus hadn’t hit, then this movie would still have depicted the worst of millenial culture, LA culture, first-world problems, and overall basic bitchiness. But as Mike and I watched this during our 1908239487324109 day of Coronavirus, figuring out how to pay bills, making sure our families are healthy, it was just all the more annoying to watch a bunch of rich, white people complicate their own lives in their perfect LA lofts with their perfect LA clothes.
So, if you want some eye candy, here’s your Saturday night. Otherwise, I say you can skip this one.
Rating: 5 out of 10 Claire Bears
Streaming: Available to rent or own on Apple TV
If you like this film, you should also see: Untogether, 10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up
With: Shailene Woodley, Jamie Dornan, Sebastian Stan
Directed By: Drake Doremus