Harald said that he wanted to give an emotional closure to the movie. So, I was thinking about it and I don’t understand how it’s that possible, because we have at least 2 more books that follow and give us the solution to the problems raised by the first one.
should we worry about this? might it be something really different from the book?
Well, I should preface this by saying I haven’t seen the end of the movie. I am pretty sure the earth doesn’t open and swallow the cast, but I can’t say what does happen, ‘cos I don’t know, and even if I did, it wouldn’t matter because endings of films can be, and often are, changed in editing or reshoots.
However, what I will say is that emotional closure is good. The opposite of an ending with emotional closure is a cliffhanger, which is rarely a good idea in a first film and annoys audiences. Just because something has emotional closure doesn’t mean there’s no indication anything else is going to happen in the future. Iron Man, despite ending right in the middle of a press conference, has emotional closure. Almost every TV episode, unless it’s a multi-parter, has emotional closure, and yet is often followed by 23 more episodes.
All emotional closure means is that you’re not like “Um, what just happened and how do the characters feel about it?” Let me put it this way: City of Bones, the book, ends with emotional closure. If I had ended it where Valentine says “Clary, Jace, guess WHAT?” — THAT would have been no emotional closure, and super-annoying, too, because you’d never have any idea how Jace and, more importantly, Clary, felt about everything that had happened in the book. Though the book ends with the future of the Shadowhunters and Jace and Clary’s relationship still up in the air, there is a sense Clary has come to terms with her new life, absorbed it, and is ready for the next thing. That’s what emotional closure means, and since it didn’t prevent there being five more books after City of Bones, it wouldn’t prevent there being more movies, either, provided the first one did decently at the boxoffice (which in the end is all that really determines this stuff.)