thinking of ending things

Netflix’s newest original movie, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” is certainly not what I expected it to be. I didn’t watch any trailers going into this one, I simply read the description provided by Netflix and started my viewing. 

This film is a head scratcher for sure. There is so much to unpack here it is almost impossible to dissect everything. Those Youtube channels that make videos explaining movies are going to have a rough time with this one. 

The film follows a young woman and her new boyfriend on a trip home to his parents’ house, where things are not always as they seem. 

Writer/Director Charlie Kaufman really went for it with this movie, and I can’t thank him enough for that. “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” is arguably Kaufman’s most ‘out there’ film to date, and it works extremely well. 

The cast is phenomenal. Jessie Buckley and Jesse Plemons as the young couple are great together. They have just the right amount of awkwardness and chemistry about them to make the relationship work on screen. 

Meanwhile, Toni Collette, star of “Hereditary,” and David Thewlis, who plays Remus Lupin in the “Harry Potter” franchise, shine as the mother and father in this movie. Colette is especially fascinating in her role. There is one scene in particular where she is doing something so trivial, and yet she manages to make this one act seem so creepy. How she doesn’t have an Academy Award at this point is beyond me. 

What is to be most admired in this movie, though, is the script. Every single line is utterly essential to the plot. I could probably watch this film a hundred times and still be finding new lines to analyze in regards to the story, and I likely will, because it was that good. 

That being said, if you’re looking for a mindless movie to put on as background noise, this is not the film for you. 

If you’re still trying to get a feel for just exactly what type of movie this is, it has the same screenwriter as “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” So, there’s that. 

I kept this review vague to avoid any type of spoilers, as I think everyone should go into this movie with a total blank slate of expectations. Enjoy it for what it is: a thoroughly complex narrative in a beautifully acted and overall stunning movie. Check it out on Netflix whenever you have a couple hours to spare.

The views expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of The Torch. 


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