When “Rise of The Planet of the Apes” swings into theaters this weekend, audiences may be surprised by it’s cutting edge special effects, but they won’t be surprised by how it ends.
Unless James Franco is pulling a huge James Franco-esqe prank, when the credits roll, apes will have risen and taken over the planet. While this title-spoiler may seem like a unique phenomenon, we’ve counted at least six titles that have done the unthinkable and given away their own ending. Check ‘em out after the jump.
I’ve always though it was a bit insensitive to call that kid a slumdog, but this simple two-word title gives away the entire arc of the film. It’s about a poor kid from the slums who gets rich on a game show. While “Poor-Kid Game-Show-Winner” would be a slightly more explicit spoiler, it doesn’t feel quite as Oscar-worthy as the original.
“Saving Private Ryan”
Tom Hanks needs to save Private Ryan. He does. Boom, we have a title. You may ask, “Travis! What about the word ‘Saving?’ Couldn’t the tense imply they’re just attempting to save Ryan, but they actually fail?” To which I say, no. Please stop asking questions. I am unable to hear you when you speak into your computer monitor. Hanks stays.
“Star Wars: Return of the Jedi”
While every Star Wars film does in fact include battles raging in outer space, the real kicker is that this one lets you know who wins. At the end of Episode VI, the Jedis rise against their oppressors and return to their battle stations anew. In fact, George Lucas recently said the working title of Episode IV was “Rise of the Galaxy of the Jedis.”
When I swam into theaters to see this amazingly perfect Pixar film, I didn’t have any doubts about how it would end. Nemo gets lost. Nemo’s dad gets worried. Ellen DeGeneres shows up. Nemo’s dad finds Nemo. Weirdly, the title “Finding Nemo and Ellen DeGeneres” was already patented, so they decided to keep it simple.
“There Will Be Blood”
It may be a movie about finding oil in the early American west, but anyone who has seen this film can tell you that this is the single most accurate title of all time. There is blood – and lots of it – especially in the last four minutes of the film. I don’t want to give away anymore, so when it comes to this film description… “I’M FINISHED!”
Come on. Everybody knew it was coming.
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