I'm Thinking of Ending Things

“We stay in toxic relationships past their expiration date... an object in motion stays in motion.”

What an insufferable mess. Charlie Kaufman, when’s he’s in complete control, is so sure of himself and his sensibilities that he forgets the core elements of humanity. He constantly belittles his audience while going on to explain some of the most simple and uninteresting philosophical ideas known to man. It’s incomprehensible to me that a script as infantile as the one for I’m Thinking of Ending Things believes it warrants the condescension it delivers. 

Giving credit where credit is due, there’s layers and layers of fascinating depth to these characters, and had they been characters worth investigating you could’ve had quite the film on your hands. It treads the typical Kaufman waters: (aging is sad, relationships are hard, people miscommunicate, etc.) and you can dress that up as beautifully as you want but it’s all the same. Lots of potential here, and I just couldn’t get behind the majority of the execution. Side note, Toni Collete is such a knock-out, every scene featuring her was immaculate and regained my interest.

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