Okay, sorry, I'm trying to walk away from this debate before we just start going in circles (yes, I get it, the title's Drag Me To Hell), but if you'll allow me the last word or the next-to-last word... after all, you all got a horror movie you enjoyed, so you can at least let me have this in return for my dissatisfaction.
Reading that interview with Raimi actually makes me lose a little respect for the man. I guess I just can't see Christine as a heinous bitch who gets her comeuppance at the end. I think she acts like pretty much 99% of us would act in a similar situation. If someone put a gun to your head and said "I'm either going to shoot you or your dick co-worker, which is it going to be?" which of us wouldn't even think of saying "The dick co-worker!" And the notion that Ganush is the hero of the movie is just... wow. That's like saying in a movie about someone torturing their boss for firing them or running over their kid's teacher for giving their son an F, the person who assaulted someone is the hero because, hey, the victim was mean.
I see Christine as someone flawed, but who goes through a character arc and ends up taking responsibility for her actions and growing as a person. Isn't that what we keep asking for from movies? Character growth? Moreover, doesn't just about every other one of Raimi's heroes fuck up grandly and then get a chance to redeem themselves? Ash screws up saying Klaatu Barada Nikto, which he could've easily written down or repeated a couple times, and summons an army of the dead that kills several people. Peter Parker lets a criminal get away and his uncle is murdered. Norville Barnes acts like a complete tool and the universe literally breaks the laws of physics to let him get a happy ending. And I'm betting Oz The Great And Powerful will have James Franco be a dickish con man who ends up getting everything he ever wanted.
So, why is it all the men get double-digit chances at a happy ending, but when it's a woman, the movie literally goes "nope, she's a cast-iron bitch and has to rot in hell to pay for her sins"? I mean, not saying Raimi's a misogynist, but there's at least unfortunate implications. Just kinda... there.
On another note, Amazing Spider-Man was never a great movie, but the ending was another tier of suckiness. Like if they had ended the Raimi Spider-Man with Peter walking away from MJ, then running back, saying "I changed my mind," and kissing her while the love theme swells. Just... nope.
And John Carter really didn't need a protracted (plus prologue!) sequence of "Gotta get back to Barsoom!" It's like... c'mon, the movie's over.
Edited by avian - 12/24/12 at 6:37pm