Well, that movie ending was disappointing.
Did the director not notice the glaring plot hole in the script? And why did they never address that really important point ever again? Why couldn’t the characters have just done this instead?
If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions when you left the movie theater, How It Should Have Ended might chime in and tell you that you were absolutely right. Created by Daniel Baxter, this YouTube channel shows you how a given movie would have gone if they would’ve just taken the simpler route.
The site features animated re-imaginings of popular movies (especially, as the channel’s name suggests, its end). Fans of the site will see just how different things could have been had the characters in a movie decided to take (in the channel’s eyes) a more sensible approach. Often, How It Should Have Ended’s changes point out the more obvious, logical response that characters likely would have had if the movie was a bit more realistic. However, the YouTube channel’s satire is soft enough that it’s clear the point of each video isn’t to mock the movie, but to point out its flaws through constructive criticism.
How It Should Have Ended is generally clean comedy. Characters will use words such as “heck,” “crap” and an occasional misuse of God’s name, and they’ll mimic the actions of their respective characters from their movies. And it’ll often rely on variations of scenes that the film itself included, which might include anything from explosions and death to hugging and kissing. But all of it is non-graphic and bloodless, played up for the comedy rather than violence or sensuality. Additionally, both heroes and villains will sit in a diner or a bar summarizing to one another how their movie ended, and in those scenes, we see them enjoying alcoholic beverages (if their character is over-age. If not, they’re given a soda).
How It Should Have Ended offers a fun, light-hearted jest at movies (and occasionally, TV shows) that parents won’t need to be too concerned about their children watching. The animations are entertaining, and the majority of the content concerns are dependent on the movie the channel is satirizing.
Though he was born in Kansas, Kennedy Unthank studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He knew he wanted to write for a living when he won a contest for “best fantasy story” while in the 4th grade. What he didn’t know at the time, however, was that he was the only person to submit a story. Regardless, the seed was planted. Kennedy collects and plays board games in his free time, and he loves to talk about biblical apologetics and hermeneutics. His favorite movie is La La Land.