Review in Brief: I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS is challenging, elusive, indulgent, alienating – a Charlie Kaufman film, in short. Like pretty much all of his work, reality is brought into question minute by minute, nobody ends up playing exactly the same character they were at the beginning and some may never have been there in the first place. If that last sentence doesn’t make sense then I’m only trying to replicate what the film does. Jessie Buckley and Jesse Plemons play a couple visiting parents in the country as a snowstorm closes in. After we meet the strange parents (Toni Collette and David Thewlis) even stranger things begin to happen to the passage of time, characters’ identities and backstories and reality itself. Don’t even get me started on the school janitor. Don’t be surprised by ballet interludes or the quoting of an entire Pauline Kael review. It won’t be for everyone, in fact it’s probably not for many, but it is unique, mesmerising and awkwardly amusing. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourite filmmakers include Bong Joon-ho, Danny Boyle, the Coen Brothers, Nicolas Winding Refn, Clio Barnard, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Verhoeven, Taika Waititi and Edgar Wright. All reviews and articles are original works written and owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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1 Response to Review in Brief: I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

  1. I admit I really enjoyed this film. Bewildering? Maybe, but with strong characters, and story-line that holds together amidst it twists, time-shifts, and turns. Stick with it, it’s worth it.

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