A non-smoking room, please
Sometimes, even though I'm a really famous blogland personality, I like to do social things with my readers. Last night, for example, I let a few of them come with me to Hotel Rwanda. I can't say much about the bulk of the movie that hasn't already been said, but I do think that it would have won more awards with a different ending. If you haven't seen it, stop reading right here. The last shot, of Paul, his wife, and all the kids smiling and walking directly into the camera, struck me as something from an 80's film - I wouldn't have been surprised if the last shot had been them in mid-celebratory-jump with their arms splayed in the air. I also think it gave viewers a false sense of closure - the post-film text wasn't strong enough to convey that the movie ended at the beginning of the civil war, and that many hundreds of thousands more would be killed before it came to an end.