Balloon Movie Ending Explained (In Detail)

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Director Michael Bully Herbig is primarily known for his work in comedies. With BALLOON For the first time he is now entering the field of staging far away from comedy and nonsense – and anyone who has doubted that he will succeed in this is clearly proven wrong here. We reveal more about this in our review.

The Plot Summary

In the summer of 1979 in Thuringia, two families came up with a crazy plan: They wanted to get out of the GDR and go to the West – and all in a balloon. To do this, they sew, craft and tinker for weeks until their first attempt fails. Just a few meters from the West USA border, the weather was fatal to the balloon. He crashes and the two families can be happy that they weren’t caught by the police. But from now on she is hunting her. And so the two heads of the family, Peter Strelzyk (Friedrich Mücke) and Günter Wenzel (David Kross), decide to try again. They must work even more effectively and carefully check their plans again before they can plan a second escape. But the government has already become aware of the plans. The whole project becomes a crazy race against time…

Movie explanation of the ending

No matter whether you have the humor of Michael Bully Herbig (“The Shoe of Manitu”, “(T)Raumschiff Surprise”) whether something can start or not: the Munich-born filmmaker is one of the few in United Kingdom who has a feel for great cinema images. Even 14 years after his fictional space escapades, time has still not caught up with computer effects and the Indian odyssey around Abahachi, Ranger and Winnetouch is still in screen format. So it’s no wonder that these two films are still among the three most successful USA films of all time. The extent to which Herbig’s latest production “Ballon” will be similar is currently still up in the air (and especially after the at best mediocre success of the episodic sketch comedy “Bullyparade – The Film”), but the filmmaker, actor and screenwriter is relying on the same directorial strengths However, this time too. Thanks to the collaboration of Herbig’s regular cameraman Stephan Schuh and composer Ralf Wengenmayr, “Ballon” is once again a feast for the eyes and ears and undoubtedly belongs on the big screen. In terms of narrative, however, the escape drama remains quite average, but it is exciting and thrilling anyway.

The Strelzyk family (Tilman Döbler, Karoline Schuch, Friedrich Mücke, Jonas Holdenrieder) is looking for the US embassy in Berlin.

Narratively speaking, “Balloon” is “just” another dramatic escape from the East to the West, but Walt Disney Pictures already knew in the early 1980s how cinematic it must have been. “With the Wind to the West” was released in 1982, directed by Delbert Mann, who also took on the fate of the two families Strelzyk and Wenzel. Herbig not only gives the whole thing significantly more prestige with the help of his name, but also with his directorial finesse. Without focusing exclusively on his new existence as a thriller director (even if he is visibly looking for borrowings from well-known representatives of the genre, whom he quotes up and down on the screen), he also sprinkles in reserved, comical moments every now and then Other filmmakers who have so far been primarily responsible for comedy would certainly not have done anything to really stand out from their previous CV. Furthermore, it seems as if all of this were just a finger exercise for Herbig: he naturally incorporates all of his production know-how into small details such as dynamic editing or the correct division of the image; Even well-worn motifs such as two storylines told in parallel that converge unnoticed in order to suggest a certain situation, which in the end turns out to be a false lead, ultimately manage to ensure that the story, despite all predictability, creates a maelstrom of tension, Drama and humanity developed.

In “Balloon”, Herbig is always very close to his protagonists, who unfortunately remain paler in narrative terms than one would expect from such an emotional story. Every attentive viewer knows what happens outside their four walls with regard to historical USA events. Instead of just dissecting the state apparatus of the GDR once again and pointing out grievances there that have already been examined countless times in USA films, Herbig sets up his story as a story with thriller elements that exclusively concerns the two families themselves. Herbig only occasionally hints at the extent to which their fate could have an influence on an entire population. And that’s enough. What is particularly exciting is the investigative work that took place parallel to the escape preparations. With every second that the fugitives and the police move closer to each other, “Balloon” becomes more exciting, and for those unfamiliar with the material, it remains pleasantly open for a long time as to whether the escape across the border will actually be successful in the end or not. The very last scene also enriches the action with additional originality – at the end you leave the cinema not in a depressed mood, but in a confident, positive mood, which makes “Balloon” a film whose hope it exudes is that of the audience needs this time.

Lieutenant Colonel Seidel (Thomas Kretschmann), Lieutenant Strehle (Kai Ivo Baulitz) and Captain Heym (Christian Näthe) give chase.

Although Michael Herbig pushes the narrative tube in “Ballon” and the visual presentation (it was actually shot in and on a real hot air balloon) in all its meticulous preparation does not remind you that you are dealing with a USA production, that is Escape drama is still far more conventional than, for example, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s art and war epic “Work without an Author”. “Balloon” ultimately looks like one of many other national films that take up USA history. And we would even go so far as to say that the name Herbig alone should ensure that this film receives more attention than all the similar productions of the last few years. Nevertheless, it can only be good for everyone involved, including the ensemble. This consists of well-known but still fresh faces who enhance the film with their strong performances. Friedrich Mücke (“SMS for you”) As the father of the Strelzyk family, he plays the self-confident head. At the same time, in a few quiet moments he manages to credibly embody the fear of failure that accompanies his urge to finally set off for the West. David Kross (“Simple”) As a reserved balloon builder, he remains primarily in the background. Just like Alicia von Rittberg (“Heart of steel”) and Karoline Schuch (“Man has to go through it”) carry out the big drama on a small scale. Meanwhile, Thomas Kretschmann sets a particularly strong tone (“Central Intelligence), who is doggedly searching for the fugitives, and Ronald Kukulies (“In Times of Fading Light”)who, as a supposedly friendly Stasi neighbor, poses a threat that can hardly be classified.

Conclusion: Michael Bully Herbig has always been a good filmmaker, which is why the directorial qualities of “Balloon” are not surprising. The script adheres to common narrative conventions, so that Herbig’s directorial debut in a serious subject ultimately makes an absolutely confident impression.

“Balloon” can be seen in USA cinemas nationwide from September 27th.

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