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'White Noise': Mini Review and Ending Explained

'White Noise': Mini Review and Ending Explained

The beloved novel 'White Noise' is now a movie, directed by Marriage Story Director Noah Baumbach, read on for a spoiler-packed review.

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Heavy Spoilers Ahead, Tread Carefully...

Based on the Novel by Don DeLillo and directed by Noah Baumbach who is best known for Marriage Story, White Noise is as absurd as one movie can get. The story follows the life of a Hitler Studies professor Jack Gladney played by Adam Driver and his wife and their fear of dying. The show is extremely challenging to watch and its absurdness can be a subject of debate as many think it went too far with it. Here is a spoiler-packed review and ending explained so it's our humble request to come back to this article once you are done watching it in order to avoid spoilers. 

What is the Plot of White Noise?

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White Noise begins with Prof. Murray Siskind giving a lecture on a very interesting subject matter. He lectures about how car crashes had been depicted in Hollywood films and what exactly they symbolize. The whole concept that he explains is dark and you guessed it, absurd, the scene is just an ice-breaker and sets the tone for all the bizarre things that lie ahead in the show. Jack Gladney teaches Hitler Studies at his college and the legend had it that the man is so good at it that people had started referring to his class left and right. Jack is married to his fourth wife Babette with whom he is raising his four kids. Their oldest daughter discovers a bottle of a pill called "dyler" that Babette threw away. In a turn of events, when Jack was delivering a lecture, nearby, a train carrying toxic gases crashes triggering an Airborne Toxic Event and the story begins...

30-Second Review...

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Many people say that the beloved novel is impossible to film as it is not filmable, so we have to give that to Baumbach for what he did and how! The frames are intriguing, the background is pretty rich, brimming with texture and detail. However, if you are looking for a complete experience where every end is tied together, then this film might disappoint you.

White Noise Ending Explained: What is the Dylar Drug?



 

The fictional experimental drug actually treats the fear of death. Babette had told Jack almost a year back that she was feeling low and depressed, and she agreed to volunteer for an experimental drug trial. She took this drug that actually made her forgetful. The trial was way too risky, but she insisted that she would be able to use the drug. Babette tells Jack that she took the drug that was to treat her fear of death but instead made her forgetful and did nothing, Jack on the other hand informs her about the inhalation of the toxic fume and how he was scheduled to die now. He searches for the pill for himself but doesn't find any. He instead finds a paper ad for the drug and calls the number from the ad. Jack then goes to the hotel and remembers Babette telling him about it. He meets Mr. Gray and takes him down with a gun. He makes it look like Mr. Gray shot himself; however, what he doesn't know is that he is still alive. Jack and Babette later drive Mr. Gray to an emergency medical service run by German nuns at the Catholic Hospital. The nun tells them that it's their job to be in the small minority of people who pretend to believe in things that nobody else does. In the final scene, Jack and his family go to the supermarket. and a voiceover is heard. There is no explanation for this movie, actually, the ending can be perceived in many ways, one thing that we know for sure is that "death" remains the main theme of the movie.