BiblicalZombie’s review published on Letterboxd:
Synecdoche, New York
Starting with Caden (Philip Seymour Hoffman) waking up, then ending in a dream like state, Synecdoche, New York moves so brilliantly through it's vast rich thematic substance, it's a challenge to understand whether you're witnessing a movie or something distinctly similar to Caden's true masterwork.
Exposing the wall between the fiction's fiction and reality, brain-ache is a common symptom of Kaufman's filmography, as they constantly question themselves as film, this is Kaufman's uttermost bedevilling movie yet. The themes and philosophical metaphors & representations are mesmerising and sometimes baffling and without digging deeper, it's not wholly wrong to suggest you could enjoy this film purely on a surface level. Be that as it may, it is not advised as doing so would leave you severely missing out.
Synecdoche, New York utilises every element of cinema magnificantly, not a single weak link found, from the cinematography to acting, soundtrack and, in this case, most importantly, the screenplay.
What's impressive is the degree of detail, everything is exactly where it needs to be, with its own unique reason for being there. One example shows the differences between Caden and his wife Adele (Catherine Keener), shown via how overwhelming his production grows compared to the petite size of her art, however the smaller details are harder (but a delight to find), like the peculiarly and intricately crafted shows on TV that are about Caden himself and vary to match the scene's themes. Most impressive is the soundtrack which looks at directing at a whole new level, as the music and lyrics tie in specifically to each scene, and are produced by Kaufman (Director, Writer) himself.
It's suggested you consider this film with your brains switched on, prepared for the scrambling, as it leaves you interpreting it for many days to come. As in the movie, time spent watching this story will fly by, as you bare witness to one of the best masterpieces of the 21st century.