Writer and director John Patrick Shanley’s romantic comedy premise is as follows: Anthony (Dornan) and Rosemary (Blunt) grew up on neighboring farms. Rosemary is in love with Anthony and doesn’t understand why he doesn’t reciprocate her feelings.
It all seems perfectly normal, but the ending got people very confused.
Warning: big spoilers ahead.
The twist is that Anthony thinks he’s a bee.
Yes that’s right. When Rosemary finally confronts Anthony and asks why he doesn’t return her affection, he admits, “I think I’m a honeybee.”
There are some references to the twist throughout the film. At the beginning of the film, Anthony sniffs a flower. A girl mocks him for having pollen on his nose, and Anthony later explains to Rosemary that the same girl ran away from him after telling her he loved her and admitting he was a bee.
Throughout the film, he tells people that he is “crazy” and “delusional” and tells an admirer that he has “a small thing in his brain”.
He also seems to be caught arguing with insects in the air at some point, and a low hum can be heard in the background of his most challenging scenes.
The strangest of all is that Rosemary appears very unimpressed by the revelation.
Many reviewers were baffled at the turn with Chicago TribuneMichael Phillips writes, “Does he speak metaphorically? Horticulture? Why can’t I take his faith at face value and move on?”
LA TimesGary Goldstein added that the characters “do weird, flashy things that defy logic or the payoff,” wrote, “Does Anthony really think he’s a honeybee? (OK, he does.) It is Movie. “
slateKaren Han called the ending “bananas”.
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