Steve Tothill’s review published on Letterboxd:
Pretentious review alert!
"And they say there is no fate, but there is: it's what you create. And even though the world goes on for eons and eons, you are only here for a fraction of a fraction of a second. Most of your time is spent being dead or not yet born. But while alive, you wait in vain, wasting years, for a phone call or a letter or a look from someone or something to make it all right".
This is one of the most thematically dense cinematic experiences I've had and I've no idea where to start talking about it. I'm certain that each future viewing will yield more ideas and insights, that I've simply swum in its shallow end and, for now, that's as much as I need to award it the serious high five. The above quote stuck with me, it's a concept that gets thrown around a lot. A carpe diem call to action that we're meant to accept as a universal truth. Yet here we have a man that not only questions this, but exposes it as a lie.
"And it never comes or it seems to but it doesn't really. And so you spend your time in vague regret or vaguer hope that something good will come along. Something to make you feel connected, something to make you feel whole, something to make you feel loved".
Synecdoche, New York is a place in my head now, which I'll be reminded of I'm sure as l continue to travel through life trying to get a handle on its truths. I'm looking forward to revisiting the film in the future and hoping to push myself further into its deep end.