Sweetheart: The Monster And Ending Explained

by Jeremy Spirogis
Kiersey Clemons in Netflix

The terror steps out of the ocean and into your property in Netflix and Blumhouse Productions’ monster film Sweetheart. Sweetheart isn’t a typical direct to video horror movie stuffed with bounce scares and low-cost thrills: it’s a monster characteristic that’s additionally a survivalist story. The film follows a younger black heroine named Jennifer, delicately performed by Dope star and future Iris West Kiersey Clemons. All all through Sweetheart, Jennifer should be taught to outlive and overcome each actual and metaphorical monsters, leaving followers with a satisfying however ambiguous ending.

Sweetheart additionally stars Brooklyn and The OA’s Emory Cohen, Hanna Mangan-Lawrence, Benedict Samuel, and Andrew Crawford because the movie’s monster. Sleight director J.D Dillard directed and co-wrote Sweetheart. This monster movie hit pageant circuits in early 2019, after which had an official Netflix launch on December 25. Sweetheart has obtained rave opinions and sparked conversations in regards to the movie’s deeper messages. The ending leaves viewers questioning about Jennifer’s future. Because this characteristic discusses the plot and ending of Sweetheart**, count on main spoilers!**

Kiersey Clemons in Sweetheart

What Happened At The End of Netflix’s Sweetheart?

Sweetheart follows Jennifer as she tries to outlive on an island after a storm causes a celebration boat to crash. This incident strands Jennifer, her boyfriend Lucas (Emory Cohen), and their three associates Zack, Brad (Benedict Samuel), and Mia (Hanna Mangan-Lawrence). Sweetheart opens with Jennifer washed ashore. She quickly discovers a badly wounded Brad, who asks her one remaining query, “Did you see it?” earlier than dying. The “it” within the movie isn’t revealed till a little bit later. Now on their lonesome, Jennifer should work out the right way to survive on a abandoned island. She shortly adapts to her state of affairs, studying to fish, construct shelter, and survive in opposition to a sea monster.

After Jennifer buries Brad, the following morning she finds his corpse dug up and seemingly devoured. Later, she tries to make use of a flare gun to name for assist, which alerts the monster to her whereabouts. Jennifer then spends the following a number of nights attempting to keep away from turning into the creature’s subsequent meal. About every week into her isolation, she finds Lucas and Mia floating on a raft.

Jennifer lets them eat earlier than telling them of the risks on the island. She desires to depart instantly, however they don’t fairly consider her. They’re exhausted and wish time to relaxation and regain their energy. Lucas and Mia attempt to persuade Jennifer that it’s safer to remain on the island than floating out within the ocean on the raft. This results in Jennifer attempting to flee and go away them there, however Mia knocks her out after which ties Jennifer to a tree.

Continuously, Jennifer tries to make them see that the monster will seem quickly. The pair begin to deliver up issues from their previous. Mia mentions an incident the place Jennifer supposedly lied about being mugged, inflicting her to not belief Jennifer’s variations of occasions. Then Lucas reveals what occurred throughout the day their boat crashed.

Jennifer tried to depart Lucas as a result of she wasn’t comfortable, after which a storm took the boat or yacht down. While Lucas continues to belittle Jennifer, Mia lastly meets the monster. Lucas hears her misery and goes to avoid wasting her, nevertheless it’s too late. She turns into the monster’s subsequent meal. The following morning, Jennifer and Lucas put together to depart the island by gathering provides and weapons.

Once on the raft, the creature surprises them with an assault. It tears the raft and pulls Jennifer out of it, with plans to take her to the underside of the ocean. She manages to wound the monster a number of occasions with Lucas’ pocketknife.

Lucas additionally leaves the raft to attempt to save Jennifer, however the monster captures him as a substitute. Jennifer screams as she watches the monster drag Lucas to the underside of the ocean to die. After making it again to the island and restoring the hearth that had almost gone out, Jennifer decides to combat the monster. She writes down her story, builds spears from wooden, and waits for dusk.

Jennifer begins a hearth to attract the creature’s consideration, and he or she then ambushes it, getting in a number of stabs. The monster retains coming and Jennifer retains stabbing it with something accessible. Eventually, the injuries are an excessive amount of for the monster to proceed. He falls to the bottom and dies. Jennifer then severs its head. We watch her stroll on the island and behind her, we are able to see {that a} main fireplace has begun to unfold throughout the timber.

The Sweetheart Monster

What Is The Sweetheart Monster?

Before a number of main confrontations between Jennifer and it, viewers slowly get glimpses of the monster all through Sweetheart. The monster appears to be some form of mutated fish-like creature. It has fins, claws, and an amphibian face. The physique of the creature is extra human like with muscle groups, legs, and arms of kinds. The Sweetheart monster doesn’t appear to have enhanced listening to or seeing skills, nevertheless it seems to be delicate to gentle, as that’s what drew it to Jennifer within the first place and throughout the remaining confrontation.

It additionally has tremendous energy and velocity, because it simply captures and wounds its prey. The claws of the monster are very sharp, as proven by the lifeless fish that Jennifer discovers at first of Sweetheart. It appears drawn to consuming any form of residing life, not simply people. Once it captures its prey, it presumably eats all of them. This doubtless signifies that the monster shouldn’t be liable for Zack’s severed corpse.

The monster could be very tall, as seen by its engagement with any of the people. It additionally primarily operates within the sea, however comes on land throughout the evening. If the monster is delicate to gentle, then this explains why it solely hunts on land throughout the daytime.

Because it tries to assault Jennifer and Lucas as soon as they enter its a part of the ocean, this doubtless signifies that the monster doesn’t simply sleep throughout the daytime. It is barely unclear why the monster didn’t attempt to assault Jennifer and the others once they have been within the sea throughout the daytime earlier, particularly since Lucas, Mia, and presumably Zack, have been floating on a raft at one level. It could possibly be as a result of Lucas and Mia by no means floated deep sufficient for the monster to see them, or perhaps it solely operates at a sure a part of the ocean.

The monster is the principle beast of Sweetheart, however there are different much less apparent monsters within the movie.

Emory Cohen and Kiersey Clemons in Netflix's Sweetheart

What Are The Themes And Messages In Sweetheart?

In an interview with Refinery29, Kiersey Clemons mentions that the concept of Sweetheart sparked as a response to the 2016 election, so it has lots of underlining political themes. One of the key themes is privilege. Almost instantly, Mia and Lucas deal with Jennifer as lesser than them, and so they refuse to consider her in regards to the island, regardless of her having lived there longer. They instantly assume they know higher and that she’s being dramatic. When Lucas confronts Jennifer about attempting to interrupt up with him, he treats her as inferior, saying that he pays for all the pieces she owns, she has nothing with out him, and that she’s a black cloud round his life. It’s made clear that Lucas and his associates are wealthier than Jennifer.

Kiersey Clemons additionally mentions how Lucas and Jennifer’s relationship is a poisonous one, which might result in the interpretation that Lucas can be one of many monsters of the movie. Mia and he are additionally threats to Jennifer’s life, as a result of they refuse to consider her and deal with her with disdain. Early in Sweetheart, Jennifer additionally pulls out an image of Lucas and her that exhibits him carrying a satan masks. This could possibly be the movie’s cheeky means of noting that Lucas is a devilish determine. Additionally, Mia and Lucas can even signify literal threats to Jennifer’s life because it’s implied that they’d a component in Zack’s demise. This is proven by the blood contained in the raft, the blood on Lucas’ pocketknife, and the way Zack is severed in half, not utterly eaten, which is the monster’s trademark means of killing individuals.

The title of the movie, Sweetheart, additionally appears to seek advice from the condescending means some males attempt to belittle ladies by referring to them as sweetheart. Lucas makes use of this phrase a number of occasions within the film, each as an affectionate nickname and as a approach to communicate right down to Jennifer.

Overall, Sweetheart addresses many themes of race, gender, abuse, and privilege. However, the general message of Sweetheart appears to be about how survivors develop into heroes by their fixed battles with issues that attempt to destroy them. Jennifer survives the island, then the monster, and at last her poisonous relationship with Lucas. She overcomes all these obstacles to develop into the hero of the movie and her personal story.

The precise ending of Sweetheart leaves issues up for interpretation. Jennifer beats the monster however now she should determine whether or not to attend on the island within the hopes of being noticed by a airplane or perhaps attempt to restore or construct a brand new raft. There’s additionally the matter of the island being on fireplace. Possibly, the island on fireplace might assist her get discovered as a result of a hearth that large might appeal to the planes that we have heard flying close by. The fireplace additionally presents one other large hazard for Jennifer. Eventually, there is probably not something left of the island, leaving Jennifer no approach to survive if she’s not found.

Clemons additionally talked about that Director J.D Dillard stated that the movie didn’t properly wrap issues up with Jennifer being discovered as a result of he desires to indicate that simply because somebody survives a horrible ordeal doesn’t imply that it’s over.

“JD said something really dark to me about this. He said: “At the end, I like that Jenn is left there because it’s a metaphor for life. You can slay your demons, you can rid yourself of the toxic and bad people and feelings, but there will always be the next challenge. You’re still stuck on the island.’”

The severed head of the monster is meant to be Jennifer’s means of letting individuals know her story. Whether she survives or dies, the top stays as proof that her story is actual. Sweetheart additionally has the message of believing survivors’ tales. Lucas and Mia’s fast dismissal of Jennifer’s story doubtless represents how individuals usually refuse to consider the sufferer, and the way it takes concrete proof for others to lastly see and listen to them.

Netflix’s Sweetheart is a horror film gem that takes viewers on Jennifer’s journey, whereas asking them to guage the social and political monsters that they face day by day. It’s a really fascinating movie that might someday develop into a cult basic. Sweetheart is now streaming on Netflix.

 

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