Verdict: A thoughtful adaptation with finely crafted performances.
Directed by Ritesh Batra, the same guy who wowed us with his critically acclaimed film The Lunchbox, The Sense of an Ending is not your typical run-of-the-mill Hollywood rom-com. Adapted from a 2011 novel (of the same name) that won the prestigious Man Booker Prize in the same year, the movie is satisfactorily close to doing justice to the book. They say that good books tend to make bad movies, but this one here is a rare and likable exception.
The film revolves around the past and present life of the protagonist, Tony Webster (Jim Broadbent) who plays the role of a grumpy divorcee. Tony lives a solitary existence in his well-kept apartment and is on friendly terms with his ex-wife, Margaret (Harriet Walter). He owns a shop of vintage cameras and leads a rather dull life. Daily rituals and accompanying his heavily pregnant daughter, Susie (Michelle Dockery) to her NCT class keeps him busy. However, life takes a nasty turn when a surprising letter arrives in the mail informing him that he has been left with an artifact of his youth in the will of his college girlfriend’s mother. Tony is now forced to get out of his comfort zone and face the consequences of his actions in the past.
Batra, whose previous film was an art-house sensation and was featured at the reputed Cannes Film Festival, has skillfully navigated the play of past and present events in Tony’s life and has gracefully introduced flashes of memory like magic. The second half of the film is much more gripping as compared to the first half. The story only gets more interesting when Tony approaches his ex-girlfriend (Charlotte Rampling) regarding the will left by her mother. Jim Broadbent and the wonderful Harriet Walter make the viewers believe in the film and leave you wishing to see more of them on the big screen.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Movies that leave you introspecting are the ones that linger in your head for days. This is one of those films. With spectacular performances to back this gripping and twisted storyline, this film is, without a doubt, worth a watch.