Elemental is both a feature from Pixar Animation Studios and a romantic comedy. Adhering to the standards of both styles of cinema, the ending of Elemental aims to send audiences home with good feelings swimming around in their souls. Another overlapping trait between Pixar features and the average Nancy Meyers title? They also often want to mix those good sensations with some tears. That’s another gold standard that the conclusion of Elemental clearly aims to hit with its abundance of moments meant to wring tears and laughs out of viewers. Its effective ending is probably what contributed to Elemental becoming an unlikely box-office hit. While it didn’t have the strongest debut, it has amassed over $486 million at the global box office. This was mainly due to yes, it being a Pixar joint, but also strong word-of-mouth.
Let’s break down Elemental’s ending, from that watery resurrection to Wade and Ember’s future in Element City.