A Philosophical Romance
60%Overall Score

Streaming now on Netflix

Charlie Kaufman movies are meant to make you see them twice and think about them forever. Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine Of Spotless Mind are truly works of art that make us delve deeper into our minds and look for answers. From this genius comes a road film based on the book of the same name – I’m Thinking of Ending Things.

The movie begins with an unknown woman (Jessie Buckley) who is on the way to her boyfriend Jake‘s (Jesse Plemons) remote farm to meet his parents. On the way, they have rousing conversations about philosophy and poetry. We also get an insight into her mind as there is a separate conversation going on in her head, where she thinks about breaking up with Jake. The first night is filled with awkward conversations and by the time dessert comes, strange things start to happen around the woman.

You don’t need to read the book to watch the movie

Usually, movies based on books get a bad reputation because they can’t capture the wonderful world that we see in the books. But this one is different. Charlie Kaufman has taken the basic philosophy of this book and gave it a Kaufman-like twist. The movie can be compared to The Shining where the material of the book is transformed into something else, which should be in a movie. Even the ending is ambiguous with very few clues that will help you on your second watch.

A lot of ‘telling’ and very little ‘showing’

The majority of the movie is about a couple on the road, discussing their varied philosophical beliefs and their interpretation of various poems and movies. While these conversations have clues hidden in them, it will take effort on your part to sift through the conversation. Everything in this movie is spelled out in the form of dialogues. While that can be fun, it is also tedious for people who don’t find these conversations comprehensible.

If you have seen previous Charlie Kaufman movies, this is not on the same level but at the same time, you can give it a watch. If you enjoy movies with darker themes that make you want to watch them twice to understand the finer details, you should definitely go for this one.

Director: Charlie Kaufman
Writer: Charlie Kaufman, Iain Reid
Cast: Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette, Jesse Plemons, David Thewlis
Language: English
Streaming on: Netflix

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