posted on Dec, 30 2015 @ 04:49 PM
originally posted by: olaru12
I have to dispute 1984.
In the book, the ending is an unmitigated defeat; "he loved Big Brother". That is a genuine tragedy.
In the film version, there is a last minute rebellious moment by the hero, in which he and his girl-friend are both shot, and are last seen stretching
out their hands to one another.
In other words, there is "defiance" and there is "lovers united in death"; those features both count as victories and happy endings, in Hollywood
terms, if the existing story (from a book or from history) prevents them from engineering any other kind of victory.
Similarly, the "man who would be king" meets his death with defiance. Yay, victory!
I haven't seen Braveheart, but I'm willing to bet that the hero meets his end in a mood of defiance. If he has a lover, they will be united in death,
Many films will show how Hollywood is determined to create a victory of some kind, by some defnition, out of the most obstructive materials.
(They have predecessors who gave a happy ending to King Lear)
edit on 30-12-2015 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)