Rocky Ibarra’s review published on Letterboxd:
Realizing that this was 6 years before Philip Seymour Hoffman's untimely passing while watching became more personal for me and harder for me to digest because he's one of my favorite actors ever. God, I miss him and I wish I've seen his works earlier.
There are many more reviews of Synecdoche, New York, better, more cohesive and analytical than mine. I treated my first viewing as an introduction, but I'll re-watch for sure.
Charlie Kaufman's writings when put to the screen are meant to be felt, experienced and reflected on. And since I watched the film last night, I let my emotions take over first, to respect what Kaufman was trying to say about his works. Synecdoche, New York is a truly remarkable film about loss, separation, and learning how to live and function fully as a good person and relationships. It's a film that cannot be described in a word or two. One can say that it tackles the subject of fear of death, but it's got so many more layers to it that are so well-made that you realize it's very good in tackling every single one of them. You can pick one aspect and dissect it with a friend for a good amount of time.
I have no flaws with this film at all, and if there's a problem, it would be my first watch because I got the gist of the whole thing and I continued to see it but never really got something out of the motifs, it's only until I had a discussion with my older brother that I understood and appreciated these things. I was confused for the most part. I did not know how to react to Caden's seizure, Sammy's out-of-focus appearances, the burning house and all that, I knew they meant something, but I felt like I needed some time to process more and have my own interpretation of the story.
Excited to see it for a second time.