Halloween Ends

I hated the Halloween Kills film. It tainted a lot of what I wanted after a decent Halloween (2018). However, the last trailer for Halloween Ends was really good and it renewed my hope that the final film in this trilogy could pull it back onto track.

Well, Halloween Ends is better than Halloween Kills.

That’s about it, though.

It is hard to go into too much details about the movie because the trailer that I liked so much is not really what this movie is about. The trailer is most of the third act, where Michael Myers and Laurie Strode have their final showdown, but the first two acts are about something else and Michael Myers is just tangential to the story.

That fact that you are following a different story in the first part of the movie only to have it tossed aside in the third act made me feel that I wasted my time with the first part of Halloween Ends.

Jamie Lee Curtis is great as always, but she does not have a ton to do in the first part of the film. Laurie is a little inconsistent in the manner that the character is used. Her character’s daughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) is all over the place. Allyson became involved in a relationship with a local kid who was involved with a tragedy that we see at the beginning of the film. His name was Corey (Rohan Campbell) and their relationship, for me, made zero sense. I am not sure the film really committed to the relationship. They liked the idea but it never was treated as it was important to the movie. That is why the third act emotionally falls apart so badly.

Because while the final showdown with Laurie and Michael was decent, it had been benched for so long that it just took the energy out of it and how it winds up is kind of silly. Some of the ideas being bandied about in the first two acts were interesting, but the film never embraced any of them. They were there just as a placeholder until the third act started.

Halloween Ends was better than Halloween Kills, but the bar is really low. I was disappointed with the film, considering how much I enjoyed that last trailer. I am happy that I stayed home and watched it on Peacock instead of heading to the theaters for it.

2 stars

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