MOVIE REVIEW: I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
'I'm Thinking Of Ending Things' is very quirky and bizarre, but that's all it realize on.
By Sal LoCicero | September 6th, 2020
I’m Thinking Of Ending Things is the latest film from writer/director Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche, New York, Anomolisa). Charlie Kaufman is one of the many filmmakers in Hollywood who create very thought-provoking and insanely bizarre movies. From the writer of Being John Malkovich, and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind; both movies that have stuck with people for years.
Based on the book with the same title, I’m Thinking Of Ending Things is about Cindy (Jessie Buckley) who goes on a road trip with her boyfriend Jake (Jesse Plemons) to meet his parents (Toni Collette, David Thewlis). Now, with a plot as simple as that, this movie doesn’t sound like it would be anything so odd. However, when you add the name Charlie Kaufman into the mix, anything can happen. What starts out as a calm movie about a couple, evolves into a movie that goes completely berserk.
This is a movie that will bore some, unsettled most and confuse all. Charlie Kaufman has (in a way) made his own Mother! (2017). Mother! was one of the most polarizing films of 2017. Many audiences had different views towards it. Some loved it, others despised it. Just like Aronofsky’s film, I’m Thinking Of Ending Things starts out calm in the beginning, during the second act it becomes so unsettling that it gets beyond uncomfortable to sit through. The last act turns itself into a Black Mirror episode. It’s completely and utterly peculiar. It makes you feel like you encountered a glitch on Netflix. Netflix distributed this film and they also bought the rights to Black Mirror, so I wouldn’t be surprised if people start giving off theories that Kaufman’s film is connected to Brooker’s show. This film has also gotten some mixed reviews so far. Some find this film to be genius, while others find it to be gratuitously bizarre for no good reasons.
Here’s how the future of this movie could either go. This could be the movie that people will still have in-depth conversations regarding what the hell was going on and what everything meant. They also may consider this to be a masterpiece in a few years, or people are not going to remember this movie at all. It may be considered one of Charlie Kaufman’s worst and most forgettable movies. People will not care about the hidden messages and may claim them to be ludacris, and some could bash it for being way too abnormal than it needed to be.
The movie does have some intriguing scenes. There is even one scene that will make viewers feel extremely claustrophobic as if they are in the movie themselves - due to Kaufman’s directing. However, this is not going to be one of his most memorable films. Kaufman is trying to do a lot here. He’s trying to give a thought-provoking message, he’s trying to let audiences take a peek inside his mind - which not everyone is ready for. There are a lot of extensively hidden messages, meanings and ideas sprinkled all throughout this film. But at the end of the day, the only reason why viewers will still be thinking about it hours after they’ve watched it, will just be so that they can digest all of the bizarreness that they witnessed.
I’m Thinking Of Ending Things will probably end up being known as Charlie Kaufman’s worst film, and a movie that most will forget about.