Review: ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ is classic Charlie Kaufman

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Charlie Kauffman’s new Netflix movie is as brilliant as it is daring

“People like to think of themselves as points moving through time but I think it’s probably the opposite. We’re stationary and time passes through us”

Charlie Kaufman’s ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ is a beautiful, chilling portrait of the inability to connect throughout different aspects of time.

The Plot

Based on Ian Reids disturbing novel of the same name, this Netflix film follows a young woman (Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose), who travels with her boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to his parents’ (Toni Collette & David Thewlis) secluded farm.

Trippy occurrences ensue, as the young woman considers “ending things”.

You can’t mention this movie without mentioning Kaufman’s earlier work.

Like Kaufman’s ‘Being John Malkovich’, ‘Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind’, and ‘Synecdoche, New York’, nothing Kaufman does can be dissected on the surface. There are moments where time doesn’t make sense. Characters will be young one moment, then look 20 years older the next. Charlie Kaufman throws plenty of bells and whistles our way, but at its core it’s a movie very similar to his earlier movies. It’s a movie about death, regret, and the inevitable end of life and relationships.

The Verdict

Jesie Buckley and Jesse Plemons are absolutely captivating together. Their lengthy car conversations, odd as the subject matter is, have this synchronicity of a couple who maybe know each other a little too well.

There is a dance number that seemingly gets dropped out of nowhere (Kaufman being Kaufman), but it works.

This movie is crazy good. To be watched, dissected, then re-watched again. Charlie Kaufman better not be ending things anytime soon.

8.8 out of 10

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