Even if I don’t always agree with their actual choices, I admire the ability of WatchMojo to churn out list topics like fortune cookies. Character deaths are tricky. On one hand, a great character death can be a defining moment not just for the story arc of the deceased character but also for every character around them. On the other, if you botch it, people get maaaaaad. WatchMojo hits a number of them in their Top 10: Movie Deaths That Pissed People Off. The list is too heavily weighted toward recent films, and has some duds (is anyone really super incensed over Mortal Komat: Annihilation, Pacific Rim: Uprising, or Godzilla?). It does also make the long-overdue argument that all Kate Winslet had to do to save us from one of the most annoying deaths of all time in Titanic was haul to Leonardo Dicaprio out of the water and spoon. No matter what side of the debate you are on, you have to admit that the deaths of Luke Skywalker and Captain Kirk deeply peeved people. What makes me maddest about character death is when characters die just to fill an unspoken death quota in bigger films. I love Joss Whedon, but he is the absolute worst at this. Whedon blood rage is the only explanation for why Quicksilver had to die in Age of Ultron or, even worse, why Wash & Shepherd Book were slaughtered in Serenity. Which character deaths made you throw things for weeks?
7 thoughts on “Top 10: Movie Deaths That Pissed You Off”
DiCaprio needed to die in Titanic. It was about the Titanic. A fairy tale ending would have been wrong. And it would have robbed the love story of what little gravitas it possessed. If it looked unconvincing, that is a detail. Cameron has addressed it, and I am content with his explanation.
Anyone who complains about Transformers WAS NOT THERE.
But where is The Mist on this list?
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Brad Pitt in Burn After Reading. Best part of the movie, gone.
Venom at the end of SM3. Why?
Penn and Teller, Penn and Teller Get Killed. I know, I know, it was in the title of the movie, but the way it went down bugged me. It’s a genuinely sick movie, sick in its soul. Not funny.
A certain bounty hunter in ROTJ who deserved better.
That sweet supporting character in The Lost World who clearly had a thing for Julianne Moore’s character. Nothing he did justified the way he was ripped in half by two T-Rexes.
The guy who was burned alive by Batman in Batman Returns. I can deal with a Batman who kills, just not one who tortures people to death.
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Luke’s death is a little easier to take, now that it has been confirmed that the Skywalker saga is ENDING! If JJ finds a way to incorporate goodness from all three trilogies, if this is a true grand finale to ALL NINE FILMS, and not just an end to the sequel trilogy, there is a path, though a narrow one, that leads to SW edging closer to MCU status again, and casting off that World of DC-esque taint (I used the new branding in a sentence!). I remain a skeptic… the shift in climate between TLJ and Solo was the most profound I have ever seen…but we shall see.
Sorry for all this typing. Trying to distract myself from… stuff. Hope you understand. Punisher is awesome, don’t know why it took me so long to plunge in.
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Course I understand. Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are both on the Ep IX cast list. I guess Luke is a Force ghost and they’re using Episode VII unused footage to try to wrap up Leia’s storyline. I dunno if JJ can do it, but I’m certainly hoping so. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say the future of SW depends on them nailing this. I did really like The Punisher.
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The only two times I’ve ever seen an audience really heckle a movie, I mean really tear into it, were the opening night of the Island of Dr. Moreau, and the opening night of Attack of the Clones. Somehow, Moreau went down as one of the biggest bombs in film history, and people kept coming back for more SW. SW is the teflon franchise, or was, before this year. If Disney never takes the fans for granted, ever again, maybe TLJ will turn out to have been a positive.
I saw it again, and while I remain intransigent on every single sore point, as well as the humor, I like the visual style, the sets, the environments, the battle scenes, the way the shots are composed. Not the slow motion shots or the extreme close ups, but for the most part it’s both very un-Star Wars-like, and also weird and refreshing. I can see the stamp of a very talented filmmaker. I would not have minded any of it, if the substance had been different.
Dr Grace Augustine – Avatar … and Newt and Hicks in Aliens
Hela – Thor 3 .. although I’m not convinced she’s completely, absolutely dead.
If anyone watched the Belko experiment, the new girl in the movie was doing so well to survive. When she dropped in that elevator roof and came out of the elevator only to get shot like that, it really pissed me off.