Liam’s review published on Letterboxd:
Philip Seymour Hoffman will be missed. This is one reason why.
There are very few movies that I love as much as this one. In truth, I have only seen it twice, both times on a bad dvd copy from the local library. But that doesn't change anything I think about it. If you look at my own personal Top 100 list, this is currently the number four, and I could shift that at any time. This is a movie with a giant cast, but the leader of it is by all accounts Hoffman. He outshines everyone else, from Catherine Keener to Dianne Wiest.
Everything about this movie is entertaining, and it sure is a thinker. I honestly have no intention of seeing this movie again for a long while, but it still sits in my memory. Not only was Hoffman one of my favorite actors, but Charlie Kaufman is one of my favorite writers. And he doesn't disappoint here, among some of the most interesting imagery and symbolism that is in movies today.
Getting back to Hoffman, everything comes together because of his performance. Even people who are either disappointed or underwhelmed with this movie agree that Hoffman is the best part. He is a great actor, and he manages to be fantastic in even some of his worst movies. This might be my favorite performance of his, although I love him in Mission: Impossible III, Capote, and The Master. But in Synecdoche, he can play a human, a man that is completely unable to survive, and creates a fantasy world. can't describe this movie, but think of this movie and my love for it as a eulogy for the man that led it. Philip Seymour Hoffman will be missed. Here is my proof.