Jake Alda Coffey’s review published on Letterboxd:
“We’re all hurtling towards death, yet here we are for the moment alive. Each of us knowing we’re going to die, each of us secretly believing we won’t.”
When I first watched Synecdoche, New York back in 2015, I HATED IT. I hated it so much. But sometimes when I dislike a movie, I’ll revisit it a year or so later with a new mindset to see if my opinion changes. And that what I did with this movie. A year later, I checked it out again. And I loved it. I understand every theme, every emotion that Charlie Kaufman developed in this movie. Easily, this movie is one of the most depressing movies of all time. But thankfully, depression is my favorite movie genre. And no one can establish what depression feels like like Charlie Kaufman. This movie almost wrecked his career. Despite positive reviews, it bombed in the box office and Kaufman struggled to find funding for his next movie after this having to resort to Kickstarter to get funds. Which is crazy considering Kaufman is an Oscar winner.
There’s so many layers to Synecdoche, New York it takes many viewing to unravel it all. But it’s so great peeling back it’s layers. Kaufman is a master at his craft.