Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York ★★★★★

I know how to do the play now.”

Remember how I said that I’m Thinking of Ending Things was the best Kaufman movie? I was wrong. This is better. Personally I liked ITOET better, but Synodoche, New York is undeniably the better film. There’s so much in this to digest, and it’s a very heavy movie. Kaufman seems to excel at giving the audience existential crises, and SNY is no exception. I wish I knew what to say. With my ITOET review, it felt like the words just flowed right onto the page. But this is a much more complex movie and oddly a much harder hitting movie as well. I guess if I had to sum it up as best as possible, it would be that Synodoche, NY is a movie about time passing us by. We can’t live to watch ourselves die, nor can we try to distinguish further meaning from the past without attempting to look ahead towards the future. I think that’s about as profound as I’m gonna be able to get tonight. What a strange movie to watch the night before Christmas. 

Final Thoughts: I miss Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and his passing makes this movie that much more impactful. Especially the last line of the film.

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