Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York ★★★½

This baffling teaser from the mind of Charlie Kaufman is one of the most uniquely challenging pieces of cinema you’ll ever experience. Unanswerable questions are tackled with shocking ambition in this adventurous exploration of the meaning of a meaningless life.

Synecdoche, New York is a big film, full of big ideas and the consequence of that is while it often hits its mark brilliantly, it does frequently become overwhelmed by its vastness. It’s also dangerously pretentious and on a few regrettable occasions tedious. The cast, lead by a tremendous Philip Seymour Hoffman, are the saving grace, making an otherwise difficult watch incredibly entertaining.

Kaufman is obviously commended for his ambition and innovation, but he owes a lot to the financers who rarely back personal visions, particularly ones as far-fetched as this. This is not the best film I've seen nor is it my favourite from Kaufman, but I will always welcome any filmmaker who provides something as exceptionally daring as this.

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