Endings, Beginnings (2020) Film Review

A sexy Shailene Woodley romance with a super cool soundtrack.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Writers: Jardine Libaire, Drake Doremus
Director: Drake Doremus
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Jamie Dornan, Sebastian Stan

Endings, Beginnings is a romantic drama about Daphne (Shailene Woodley), a newly single thirty-something young woman exploring her romantic options. She soon finds herself in a love triangle between two good friends and what ensues ties them together forever.

A sexier version of the romantic drama

I do love myself a romantic drama. This one is your typical good boy vs. bad boy scenario, but I did enjoy that Daphne had a stronger sense of self and more liberal sexual desires than your typical romantic drama. Since this was filmed in 2019 and set into a future 2020 world, it was also interesting to see a story about what a COVID-free 2020 could have looked like for these characters.

A redeeming ending

I am a sucker for a good ending, and I have to say that Endings, Beginnings has one. In a monologue, we hear Daphne coming to terms with her situation in a way that sees it as strength rather than acceptance.

Super cool soundtrack

I loved the nostalgic feel of the Endings, Beginnings soundtrack. Cool tunes from artists such as Beach House, The Mary Onettes, Wild Beasts, and Small Black. We even get treated to a Shailene Woodley karaoke to Losing my Religion.

Shortcomings

The one critique I have for this film is that the female character lets the men guide the plot. Instead of taking control of the situation, she lets them lead her through the relationships. In the end, however, we see her strong, more independent side.

A romantic drama redeemed by its ending.

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