Chinatown Ending (SPOILERS AHEAD)

(See previous post for overview of film’s plot)

Because I can not handle the ending of this film and I need to rant talk about my feelings.

I’m always going on about how I like realistic non-happy endings. Seriously, I live for them. I love it when people break up and grow apart or when people don’t end up reuniting/reconciling. It’s refreshing. It’s not like I like it all the time. I just like to see, once in a while, a bad thing happening in a movie.

But this fucking movie takes the cake. omg

So Jake finds the entire plot out. Mrs. Mulray’s father, Noah Cross is the evil mastermind behind everything. But the cops have already decided that Mrs. Mulray must be behind everything and that she is paying off Jake to keep quiet and withhold evidence and such. They already found slight evidence backing this up and now they have Jake on counts of extortion and interfering with a case as well as assisting a murder. Jake realizes that he can’t really prove anything until he gets Noah Cross to talk. But of course, because Jake isn’t actually a spy, he ends up being taken to Chinatown by Noah Cross who is, after all, a rich man with a lot of influence and henchmen. He demands to be taken to his daughter Katherine (the supposed girlfriend of Mr. Mulray who is the result of CROSS’S RAPE OF HIS DAUGHTER EVELYN AKA MRS. MULRAY WHAT EVEN1?!?!!)

Everything culminates when Jake ends up on a street in Chinatown. Mrs. Mulray/Evelyn and her daughter/sister (this is so fucked up) are there, prepared to leave with Mrs. Mulray/Evelyn’s butler Khan. Jake’s associates/assistants are also there like he instructed them to be. The cops are there too because…common sense is shit’s about to go down in Chinatown (Jake was telling them about it earlier). There’s a sense of relief. Everything that Jake set up is falling together. Everyone is in the right spot and it is all because of Jake’s manipulation.

Except….no. Because the cops are leading Jack away without hearing his story and his evidence. Cross is acting nonchalant and above it all like the rich guy that he is. He knows he has the control. Jake tells Evelyn to tell the police what happened but Evelyn emotionally bursts out “he owns the police!” Cross approaches Evelyn and tries to talk to Katherine and Evelyn keeps pushing him away (all the while, he keeps calling her disturbed). Evelyn eventually gets into the front seat of the car and tries to leave. Cross opens the door and tries to get Katherine out, saying “You can’t stop me. You’re going to have to kill me.” to Evelyn. But she’s frustrated and terrified and she shoots him. He falls away from the car, she commands Katherine to close the door and then she is effing out of there.

The lieutenant fires a warning shot into the air, Jake pulls his gun arm away from the car but his MOTHERFUCKING DEPUTY shoots into the car. Luckily, the car keeps drifting.

except…

The horn is blaring continuously…

and it’s slowly rolling to a stop in the distance…

Then Katherine starts SCREAMING HER HEAD OFF. Everyone runs to the car. Evelyn’s head is leaning against the horn and when they open her door, she slumps sideways and you can see she was shot through her eye and she is clearly dead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let’s take a moment…

Katherine is crying. Citizens crowd around the street, the Lieutenant just tells everyone to forget it and in the confusion, Cross leads Katherine away.

Jake mumbles “…as little as possible…” (And this is clearly a reference to earlier in the movie when he is telling the fake Mrs. Mulray that she should “let sleeping dogs lie” and be happy knowing as little as possible because it will only end in pain. and ain’t that the goddamn truth!!!)

The Lieutenant tells Jake’s assistants to take him home and he tells Jake he’s doing him a favor (basically he’s dropping the case since the supposed bad guy is dead)

And I just…can’t.

I’m all for realistic endings but Jesus fucking Christ, I was hoping that Evelyn had at least shot Cross dead.

LIKE AT THE VERY LEAST, I WOULD HAVE LOVED FOR HIM TO BE DEAD!!! EVEN IF EVELYN DIED TOO!!

OMFG THIS RAPIST/PEDOPHILE/MURDERER/EVIL BUSINESSMAN LITERALLY WALKS AWAY WITH EVERYTHINGGG!!!! HE GETS AWAY WITH HIS EVIL PLOT, HE WALKS AWAY WITH HIS DAUGHTER AKA NEW POTENTIAL RAPE VICTIM AND HE LITERALLY GETS AWAY WITH MURDER!!1

OMG A FOREST FIRE COULD BE STARTED ON THE EMBERS OF MY ANGER ALONE I CAN’T EVEN.

and do you know what the cop says?!?!?!?!? he goes “Jake…let sleeping dogs lie. it’s Chinatown.”

OMG THESE STUPID RACIST UNDERTONES ARE PISSING ME OFF JUST AS MUCH BECAUSE REALLY!?!? BECAUSE IT HAPPENED IN A POOR/SKETCH AREA OF A CITY WITH PEOPLE THE COPS DON’T CARE ABOUT, THIS DOUCHE LITERALLY GETS AWAY WITH EVERYTHING

JESUS. MARY. AND JOSEPH.

I need to be alone.

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