By Grant McGee: Local Columnist
A movie titled “Flightplan” has been playing in Clovis. The action revolves around a mother and daughter flying on a jumbo jet. During the flight something happens to the daughter and the action begins.
I could tell you the whole story but I have only recently learned it is crude, crass and common to reveal movie plots without being asked. Not everyone likes to hear how motion pictures end. I found how “Flightplan” ends because a friend went to go see it at North Plains Cinema.
“OK, so what’s the story? How does it end?” I asked him.
“I can’t do that,” he said. “You might go see it.”
I’ve always wanted to know what kind of ending a movie has. I don’t know where this started or why.
“People go to the movies for the journey, for the ride.” These words of wisdom were imparted unto me by The Lady of the House. “Those who go to the movie are trusting the people who made it to make it worth their time and money.”
This would explain the mystery of horror flicks to me. I’ve never understood why folks went to gory movies. Now I know: They pay to be spooked; they pay to go and face their fears in a safe, controlled environment.
I don’t know where I missed these important life lessons about motion pictures. They’re apparently in the same unwritten book with the rest of life’s unwritten rules we’re supposed to know like, “don’t date your best friend’s ex-girlfriend” or “don’t tell scary stories to little kids.”
I haven’t been too impressed with the way some movie story lines have gone over the years, starting when I was a kid: Marlon Brando gets “offed” in the 1963 version of “Mutiny on the Bounty,” Paul Newman gets “taken out” at the end of “Cool Hand Luke,” and Captain America and Billy get gunned down during a nice ride in the country on their Harleys in “Easy Rider.”
I like a happy ending.
Maybe I get a little too involved with motion pictures. My high school pals stopped going to flicks with me after we all went to see “Deliverance.” There’s this part in the movie where Burt Reynolds bumps off a guy who had done mean and nasty things to Reynolds’ canoeing party. Right at that moment I ratcheted my fist in the air, jumped up and yelled, “YES!”
Some folks are really fanatical about not knowing a thing about a movie they want to see. I worked with a guy who absolutely refused to watch the previews or television ads for movies he wanted to see. When the movie ad came on he’d close his eyes, stick his fingers in his ears and babble, “NAH NAH NAH NAH NAH NAH…”
I understand I ticked someone off by talking about the “surprise” in the Bruce Willis movie “The Sixth Sense.” The film has been out for over five years, I just thought everyone knew.
So now I know the rules about movies: We go to experience the journey, so don’t tell the ending or the surprise. Whether it’s a sci-fi movie, chick flick, drama, romantic comedy, action or horror you pay your money to go for the ride.
Grant McGee hosts the weekday morning show on KTQM-FM in Clovis. Contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org