The Uncomfortable Film I’m Thinking of Ending Things
I’m Thinking of Ending Tings
Directed by Charlie Kaufman
Written by Charlie Kaufman (based on Iain Reid’s book)
It’s a Charlie Kaufman film, so settle in and wait for the weird.* In this case, two Jesses** take us on a very long, very uncomfortable meet-the-parents journey.*** I have a debate going about whose story this really is,**** and while I don’t think this is Kaufman’s best, it provided a lot of Kaufman things, plus two productions numbers from a famous musical.*****
The verdict: Good
Cost: Netflix monthly fee ($8.99)
Where watched: at home
Consider also watching:
- Synecdoche, New York
- Being John Malkovich
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
*Charlie Kaufman films = long, weird, uncomfortable, nonsensical, mesmerizing. If you’re tired of the same old same old, a Kaufman film is always a great palate cleanser.
**Jessie Buckley, so good in Wild Rose, and Jesse Plemons who imprinted on me in Friday Night Lights. Both seem to be carving out roles that let them show off their range.
***It’s possible, that with the quarantine, you’ve been missing uncomfortable family dynamics. This provides a perfect remedy!
****If it’s Jessie Buckley’s story, Kaufman made a film for the #metoo era.
*****I’ve got a short list of movies with musical production numbers. This and Bernie. What can you think of?
- What do you think is Kaufman’s best?
- Who’s story is it?
Favorite IMDB trivia item:
The first car scene lasts roughly seventeen minutes and fifteen seconds (not including the brief interludes of seeing the Janitor). The second car scene lasts twenty-two minutes and thirty-seven seconds (not including the Tulsey Town detour)
Other reviews of I’m Thinking of Ending Things:
- Allie, Often Off Topic
- Karen Gordon, Original Cin
The more I read about this movie, the more I’m coming to appreciate it, and I’m wondering if I was a little harsh in my own review. It’s a tough movie to sit through twice though!
I think if this was my intro to Kaufman, I would have had question marks in the speech bubble over my head and sworn off any other movie by him. I had a similar reaction to Daisies. But reading up had me reconsidering.
I’m not up for a re-watch of this film anytime soon, though! Once was enough for that description of pig death.