Netflix continues to put out quality originals regularly. With shows and movies like The Old Guard, The Umbrella Academy Season 2, and Tiger King, quarantine has been filled with some good media. Coming September 4th, Netflix is releasing I’m Thinking of Ending Things.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things stars Jessie Buckley, Jesse Plemons, Toni Collette, and David Thewlis. It follows Buckley’s character on a trip to meet her boyfriend’s parents on a secluded farm where she begins questioning everything she knew about him and even herself.
The movie starts on a road trip where Buckley’s character is continuing to question whether she should end the relationship between her and Plemons’ character, Jake. We get to explore images and dialogue in her mind while she’s on the road trip, which brings me to my first positive.
I love getting to explore this film through the lens of Buckley’s character. We see the other characters manifest through her mind and thoughts. Once she meets Jake’s parents at their weird secluded farm, we are visually presented with Jake’s parents in their prime, middle age, older age, and on their death beds. It was an incredible trip through a young woman who is debating on how a life with this new boyfriend will go. During this phase of the movie, I was locked in. Also, Toni Collette and David Thewlis STEAL THE SHOW as Jake’s parents. They are bizarre, whacky, and truly display the full ability of their acting ranges. I’ve always been a fan of Toni Collette particularly because I feel like any script she gets she will bring out the best in that character. She transforms herself wonderfully.
The third act is where I got lost. After the visit with Jake’s parents, he and Buckley’s character head home. During the drive, they stop at Jake’s high school, and, for me, I couldn’t keep up. There’s a janitor randomly involved with the story at this point and for whatever reason, I still don’t understand why he’s in the movie. Buckley’s character and Jake have these different versions of themselves emerge and commence a ballet-like sequence… We spend a little time with the janitor and some of the most bizarre images emerge from his head and then we flash forward to Jake’s future. I got completely lost in translation here, but then again this is Charlie Kaufmen we’re talking about.
After a little pondering, I’ve come to find out that Kaufmen might’ve been combining both a good and bad movie in one, rounding off the movie with a third act that is so bizarre it’s tough to understand. While most of this movie is really good and curiosity inducing, that last 30 minutes puts me out of it.
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