To mangle a quote from one of my favourite movies, Blade
Runner, I've written questionable things. Some of the content that
I've posted here in the past might reflect poor taste or judgment or just
poor sense. But nothing up to now has been in taste this bad. If you
are easily offended, you might want to click the <back> button now.
That said, on with the questionable material. Originally I was going to
go with "Movies in which Kevin Spacey gets shot in the head"
but there weren't enough of those to be that narrowly specific, so I've
widened the topic somewhat. Now let's be clear on why this is in such
poor taste. I'm not reviewing movies here. I'm rating the scenes in which
Kevin Spacey gets killed. I'm looking at how, why, and how appropriate
it was to the movie. Like I said at the beginning, this is in really bad taste. So if you find this
offensive, why on Earth are you still reading it?
Also, be warned that this obviously contains spoilers for
several movies that feature Kevin Spacey. If you don't want to be spoiled,
don't read any further.
Se7en: As serial killer John Doe, Spacey is
laconic and creepy and downright evil, and I don't think anyone is sorry
when he gets shot. He certainly deserves to die. Thing is, this final
scene is all set up by Doe so that he'll get shot by Brad Pitt's character,
and therefore complete the seven killings based on the seven deadly sins,
so even though he's dead, he still wins. That's pretty twisted. Also,
like the rest of the movie, it's seriously Ugly.
L.A. Confidential: It's interesting. Kevin
Spacey was the biggest star in this movie when it was made, but that's
rather debatable now, as Russell Crowe is now a bona fide star and Guy
Pearce is also a hot property. A lot of people get killed in LA Confidential,
both good guys and bad guys, but even the good guys are not particularly
innocent, so it's hard to pass judgment on that. It's not hard to pass
judgment on Kevin's death, though. When he gets shot it's non-climatic
and it's well before the finale. You don't get to kill off the star before
the finale unless the star is Humphrey Bogart and you're making The
Treasure of the Sierra Madre. To do otherwise would be Bad.
Consenting Adults: Have you seen this movie?
I'm willing to bet that the answer is no. Considering it only grossed
around 20 mil that's not surprising. I happened to see it on TV one time,
and it was mildly interesting. Not good enough to recommend, but interesting,
and most importantly, Kevin Spacey dies in a violent confrontation at
the end. And since he is the bad guy, and a very bad guy at that, one
who kills his own wife and frames someone else for it, then steals that
guy's wife, you're cheering for his death. So I guess that's Good,
or at least as good as cheering for someone's death can be.
Outbreak: This goes in the "Oh yeah,
he was in that," category. Outbreak was a half decent flick for a
movie about hemorrhagic fever. Here's the thing, though — I can't
remember if Kevin's character dies. I know he's really, really sick with
the virus, and they don't have the antidote yet, then Renee Russo gets
sick, and the screenwriter seems to have mostly ignored Kevin from then
on. That, and I haven't seen the movie in several years, so I don't really
remember. And I didn't feel like renting it just to research this. Deal
with it. But I'm going to assume that death from hemorrhagic fever would
be really Ugly.
American Beauty: This is the movie which won
Kevin Spacey his second academy award (best supporting actor in The
Usual Suspects was the first) along with a truckload of other awards
and which people raved about for months. When I got around to seeing it
I had to say that it wasn't nearly as good as I expected. And at the end
Kevin Spacey takes a bullet through the head over a misunderstanding.
So, whether you like the movie or not, the ending is a bit hard to take.
All the while you get to like and empathize with Kevin's character, then
it's all ended with a single bullet. And he's done nothing to deserve
this, so of course it's Bad.