Cameron McHarg’s short film The End is a pretty harsh, dark comedy. Barry (Cris D’Annunzio) is easily having the worst day of his life, or at least it seems that way by the time we catch up with him in the evening. His car breaks down by some train tracks, the hotel he’s checked into has no toilet paper, there’s nothing good on TV and even an attempt at suicide by hanging is a miserable failure. Languishing at the bottom, there’s nowhere to go but up, right?
The opening sequence of The End is visually stunning and the short is worth taking a peak at just to check that out. It sets up a startling contrast to the rest of the short, however, because the rest of the film sinks down into Barry’s evening of failure and bad luck, and the beauty of the opening is replaced with the dirt of that subworld.
For a film that is essentially one extremely dark and cruel joke at the continued expense of Barry, it was a very enjoyable experience for me. The End powerfully creates its own universe, literally in the case of the opening, and dresses it up with all the good and bad to be had there. Unfortunately for Barry, he’s not at a good stage in his life, and the world surrounding him conspires to remind him at every turn.
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