I usually cannot do that. What makes the end or finale or the “good parts” of a movie good, for me, is the build up to get there. The anticipation. The emotional journey. To just jump straight to the end, with no lead in... well, then I have nothing invested, even if I know very well what happens to reach that point. The scene won’t have any impact if I just jump there with the press of a button on my DVD player. My friend said she jumps to the end because that is the best part, the part she's most invested in, and it is the part she most wants to repeat.
I’ve tried skipping to the end of various movies... and it just doesn’t work for me. I guess I’m one of those long-term viewers. When I watch something, I commit to it. Which is why I’d always much rather see movies in the theater. Why I often go alone so I don’t have to deal with someone else’s comments or movements (gigantic pet peeve: people who put their feet up on the chairs in front of them. I HATE THAT!!!!) or other such rubbish. I usually sit fairly close to the screen, for two reasons – 1) I don’t want to see see heads or people getting up and moving around – all that takes me out of the movie, and 2) I want to be in the movie, and sitting closer lets the screen dominate my sight.
When I watch a movie, I am not here any longer. I’m there, in the movie with the characters. That’s why I go to the movies in the first place.
I think jumping to a favorite scene on a DVD makes me feel like a viewer not a participant in the film. And that is not something I enjoy. It breaks films into bits. Films are not bits. They’re one two-hour journey. They're an arc from start to finish. The rainbow without the storm that came before it is a pretty enough sight, but it is not earned.
There are exceptions, of course. If I have no emotional investment in a film, then I'm okay with jumping anywhere in it... but if I have no emotional investment, it's not a favorite anyway. But I can't think of one movie I truly love where I'd want to jump to the end without watching the entire thing, or where I've tried it and the end worked for me stand-alone.
I'll add that individual movie scenes can be the same way for me. I was looking for one specific scene on youtube from a movie I recently watched. (The idea being that if it were there, I wouldn't have to buy the DVD just so I can watch that one scene again.) I found the last 16 seconds of it. And gee, it doesn't work for me, not without the two minutes leading up to that last 16 seconds. Same principle. I guess I'm just not an end result person.
I figure I must be in the minority on this. But then, given how many times I will go back to see a movie I love in the theater, this is not a surprise. LOL!