Either really clever, or utterly sellout.
How It Should Have Ended
is at its best when it does exactly what it claims it does: show how movies should have ended. But it's at its worst when it tries too hard to remain relevant to the times, and tries too hard to parody movies that are only recently out. As a result, it ends up making rather shallow parodies
that only force lampshades in obvious places, and waste a perfectly good chance to analyze the movie's plot holes.
Take my favorite two, the Predator
and The Wizard Of Oz
shorts. Both of them are great and hilarious because their humor comes from discovering a Just Eat Gilligan
plot hole that ends up changing the entire movie. Then they play that out to its logical course. It's hilarious to see the whole plot of the movie ends in minutes, then see that resolved conflict that a new course that causes bigger problems.
On the other hand, look at my least favorite, the Halo Reach
short. It parodies a scene that never happened in the actual game
. Carter never made any Tempting Fate
statements about his crew, no hints were ever given about Noble Team's deaths, and Six never had any spot where he should been more Genre Savvy
. There's many different plot holes the Halo: Reach
short could have pointed out, like "why didn't the Super MACs orbiting Reach just blow the supercarrier out of the sky" or "why couldn't a Marine switch with Six's place and man the Mass Driver instead". Even some later shorts that do spot a possible new plotline waste it anyway, like The Dark Knight
short. So you've got The Joker
in the hospital because Batman did
run him over. Why not show how much MORE Crazy Prepared
he is and now have him, say, rolling out of the hospital with a machine gun on his gurney? Instead we get a "because I'm Batman" joke again
. It used to be funny, now it's not.
Overall, HISHE would benefit from taking a slower pace instead of falling into Were Still Relevant Dammit
territory. It should take the time to really let opinions settle, search around forums to see what plot holes people have pointed out, then working off of that. That's certainly much better than just showing us the movie's whole plot again, this time with a lampshade hung everywhere.