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Funny Games Ending Explained

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Michael Haneke’s Funny Games is a psychological thriller that deconstructs the psychological thriller itself, addressing film violence and the entertainment we get from it. And today we’re going to help explain the film’s unique ending (and that wacky rewind scene) with the help of our lovable furry old pal Grover (Sesame Street) and “The Monster at the End of this Book”!

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0:00 – Intro
1:18 – Let the Games Begin
4:33 – Prepare for Meaningless Violence
6:21 – “You’re on their side, aren’t you?”
8:00 – The Importance of Entertainment
11:28 – The End of Fun
12:55 – The Abundance of Boredom
14:23 – You’re on THEIR side, aren’t you?
16:38 – It Was All Just Meaningless Violence
19:41 – You Must Admit You Brought This on Yourself
22:12 – Artistic Value
25:14 – Endscreen

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  1. I love funny games. I'm glad it exists. I think everyone should watch it once to admire it's brilliance. That being said, i hate this movie as much as i love it.

  2. The director is looking at it from a cynical and weird angle and it is an interesting point but not really one that’s very true. I doubt people watch these movies like “oh yeah let’s see this family suffer”. If anything they’re gore and disturbing media endurance tests where at the end you’re rewarded with the main character over coming these insane odds to get proper revenge on those that put them through the events of the movie. The point is to build up this awful evil to make it satisfying to kill. Not that it’s satisfying to see innocent people die and suffer. So that alone makes the movies message dumb. In a way you side with the killer I guess because if they didn’t do awful things they wouldn’t be satisfying to kill. But in the end our goal is to watch the evil suffer. So just being like “you wanted us to win all along so this is your fault” is wrong when the whole thing that makes the movie good is the evil losing. And then to slap us on the hand for views that we don’t even hold is doubly stupid as shit.

  3. I watched this when i was young and innocent and not desensitized at all and it ruined my life for a little while…

    I have a lot of respect for this film today, but I find it cruel that it just played on HBO to unsuspecting casual audiences that didn't actively seek it out lol

  4. Awesome analysis! The movie makes me feel terrible for watching it and I can't stop. Regardless of your opinion on the movie, there is no denying it's meta level of genius.

  5. OK we get it. Do you need to keep mentioning monster book? Jesus christ

  6. definitely both. I like the movie personally. I thought the slower parts were more immersive cause in a real situation like this there would be slow points, and movies are what are constantly creating non stop action.

  7. Something interresting I found was that after Anne said "I don't know what game you are playing, but I don't wanna be a part of it" she says "will you please leave". Could she be saying that to the audience?

  8. "Strawberry Alarm Clock" XD XD XD Wonderful!

  9. This might be a reach, but my theory is the remake itself is all a part of the whole theme of self-awareness and trends in media. Time and time again we see movies being adapted for an American audience, and so I personally think this American adaptation of the movie was in reference to that.

    This probably isn’t correct at all, but I like to believe that it is, lol.

  10. Well, the director failed miserably then according to the end of this clip. I want more. I don't feel angry at the result at all. Also, I like it and not because I don't understand it. What am I then?

  11. I always thought this movie was just a big f you to people who glorify violence that’s why it’s uncomfortable to watch because it feels extremely realistic at times like something like this could happen in the real world the movie wasn’t made to entertain but to make you feel very uncomfortable

  12. I’m in the camp of those who understand the meaning and message fully, but I love the film and have watched it many, many times.
    It delivers on both the psychological horror aspect and as an interesting commentary twist that you don’t see often in films.
    Because of this, the film allows you to watch it through different lenses upon numerous viewings.

  13. I get the critiques against this film of course, but gosh I have no complaints. I think he is an expert in his craft and I think he is the only director who would dare to pull off something like this film, let alone twice. He is daring and he really represents all that I love in cinema. I hope to see a video from you on The Piano Teacher or Cache or honestly any other films of his! 🙂

  14. I understand how it can be seen as full of itself and guilty of its own sin, I think it's possible to understand the message while also realizing what you're guilty of within its message. I think the movie itself and the reaction to it, both positive and negative, are all apart of an unintended bigger message, consumers holding themselves in higher standard who don't want to be criticized in their entertainment, or those who don't care. To me there's the bigger picture of public reaction and interpretation, which in it of itself come back around to being apart of it.

  15. I like what Haneke said about it, if you watch it, if you watch it to the end, you need to see it, you need to understand it. And if you can't watch it, you don't need it. There are not a lot movies that want the viewer to reflect and make them reflex, and this one does.

  16. I only "got" like half of what it was trying to say when I watched it but it was extremely well made. I don't think any other movie could have made me sit through one shot for 10 minutes.

  17. I really want this movie to be a musical. I would love to see how music can twist the audience’s perspective of the characters.
    Like imagine if Paul sand a song that was composed as an I want song and never sang a villain song.

    It sounds awesome.

  18. This video's very well-made! You just got a new subscribbler.

  19. does this director realise films arnt real and the firsdt time i watched it i turned it off 5 mins in i should have never have watched it i would have won

  20. Love the Abe's Odyssey "okay" just thrown in to this Oddworld ❤

  21. I watched this movie as a teen with my parents, we all hated it. Growing up at parties people would ask "What's the worst movie you've seen" so we would end up watching it, and they all hated it and it made everyone angry and mad. Then one day it just clicked for me, I totally understood what it was trying to tell me and instantly fell in love my next viewing. It if hard to watch because you have expectations of what film should be.

  22. Im glad i found out about this movie and when i looked for a review (frail heart, can't watch horror movies so i just look up reviews out of curiosity) i found this channel 🙂 amazing video and thanks for making it fun and easy to understand while also using a fun comparison ^^

  23. I’m an American (for better or worse). I’ve never seen the remake. I’ve only seen the original. And while it was undeniably well done I kind of felt like it give me the middle finger at the end. It was such a gut wrenching experience that I had to stop the movie three separate times. But I had heard this was an amazing movie and I wanted to see how it ended, so I kept coming back to it over three days. But when I got to the end and I realized that the point of the movie was to examine my own interest in seeing this kind of movie in the first place. I felt like I had been tricked. I’ve been encouraged to watch this movie only to feel that it shamed me at the end by completing it. If I had stopped watching then in the director’s eyes I did the right thing. But, as the viewer, I wouldn’t know that unless I finished watching the movie. It’s an intellectual catch 22 that the filmmakers are certain they are standing on the right side of, when the truth is there is no “right” answer. While the questions Funny Games poses are interesting the methods it uses to present these questions (and, indeed, sell the movie) are the exact techniques it decries, daring us to watch and shaming us when we do. Sounds pretty hypocritical to me. Artistically, this is tantamount to entrapment. Here you’ve made a movie that punishes people for choosing to watch it. That said, Funny Games is profoundly well made, and gut wrenchingly effective and makes it’s point clear and well by film’s end. The real question is that, knowing that, is it even necessary to watch it in the first place?

  24. This is a brilliant understanding of human psychology by the director… Thoroughly disturbing and entertaining and it makes you want to seek out more of an explanation hence educating you further about your own psychology.
    Yes I fell into the trap of having movie "expectations" and this is totally off track.
    I loved it.

  25. When we watch movies, we assume there will be a 'final girl' or that the protagonist will survive. Unfortunately in real life this is not usually the case. I have seen enough true crime.

  26. For some reason the original seems way better… to me those characters feel like real people where the US version feels like movie people… idk

  27. I like the analysis and agree with many of its insights, but what's the purpose of this Grover shit that keeps interrupting the video?

  28. Hideo Kojima's video game Death stranding kinda does something similar.

  29. This video is so good! Really makes you appreciate the movie so much more.

  30. the maker's work is brilliant!
    being able make a movie that disturbing and uncomfortable and doing it in a way that audience can't quit watching it is awsome! the second act was obviously boring but the movie keeps giving you little hopes to catch you again and again and although you probably know where it's going you fall for that every time.
    overall a great movie in my opinion.
    and one of the most disturbing ones besides bitter moon. but the difference between these two very disturbing movies is that i enjoyed funny games but the other one was only masterfully disturbing.

  31. Wait I watched the German version and these clips from the American one are like identical? Did they change anything in the remake?

  32. i would do anything to get invited to some rich families house and just fuck their lives up, a creepy crawl if you will.

  33. The apparently accepted take on this films purpose and relationship with 4th wall breaking is completely contrary to my instinctive interpretation. when i saw paul and peter addressing the camera i took it as a possible schizophrenic type who believed that their life was a movie, and so lived it accordingly. …and it just so happens they like some weird snuff blackmail stuff. i thought they were directing their own horror story "as if" a film crew was there, but they weren't. but they were? this takes all the fun out of it. thanks.

  34. I see Haneke's point, but it doesn't work for me at all. I don't get entertainment from this kind of torture, never did (not even in a detached moviegoing experience), and criticizing gratuitous violence just by showing gratuitous violence is a bit too easy and hypocritical. You have to earn the right to criticize, and you've gotta do it with style. Stanley Kubrick made a much better point about the viewer's enjoyment of violence with A Clockwork Orange, without resorting to breaking the fourth wall (except for the narrating voice), and also swiching the viewer's simpathy to Alex in such a clever way that you don't see it coming until it's too late (while keeping the movie fun and intellectually stimulating).

  35. Funny Games is one of my favorite movies ever. It's one of the most interesting films I've seen, not because of the plot, but because of what it forces you to contemplate.

    This video was fantastic! Comparing it to that Grover book is really smart!

  36. Wonderful analysis of the film. One of my favorites!

  37. Best explanation of this movie so far! You deconstructed the deconstruction…

  38. when I watched the movie I felt the hopelessness of the family and was connected to them and I stuck to that perspective, the movie is real because there is a true chance that this or something similiar to this has happened to a family somewhere sometime in the world.
    The breakings of the forth wall, I perceived them as an invitation to see this as an unreal fiction and to join their side but by then I was too invested in the horror that is possible in this world to turn it off and enjoy a thriller movie.

  39. I think its a cross between fantastically genius and completely sadistic.

  40. Brilliant Analysis on Funny Games and comparing it to There's A Monster at the End of This Book was utter genius.

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