I'm Thinking of Ending Things
I must’ve racked my brain for quite a while trying to come up with what to say about this week’s rec. The tricky thing is, anything I do say might ruin the experience of watching it, but you need to know at least a little bit about this film going in. I’ll do my best to recommend this without giving too much away, but this is probably going to be the shortest rec I write. Without further ado: I’m Thinking of Ending Things.
This film is new, having dropped on Netflix on September 4th of this year. It’s adapted from the novel of the same name written by Iain Reid, and turned into this visual, cinematic masterpiece by Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).
To keep things simple and spoilers to a minimum, all I’ll say is that this movie follows a woman (Jessie Buckley) who is going to meet her boyfriend (Jesse Plemons)’s parents for the first time on their farm. She is contemplating ending her relationship, but finds herself having to deal with a lot more mysterious things once they arrive at the farm.
This movie starts from a simple enough premise, but the things it ends up discussing and the way they are shown, the technique that builds up the core ideas of the story, the imagery, and the actors’ performances truly elevate this piece to an exceptional quality. You need to be patient with this movie, you need to contemplate what it’s telling you, there are things you need to notice, pieces you need to put together, and I’m not gonna sugar coat it, it’s very important to pay attention. Things will get confusing otherwise.
It’s very easy to finish this movie and say you’ve wasted 2 hours of your life, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but the introspection and debate it provokes will really mess up your mind and leave you thinking about it long after it’s over (IF you allow it to). If you just want a fun movie to watch while chilling, find something else because this one isn’t it. This one will make you question things, realize things, and most importantly, will get your brain moving, trying to keep up with it.
To help build a better picture, I found it very Fargo-esque in its visuals and overall mood, but focused on a lot more internal analysis. It was honestly wonderful to watch, and my eyes were glued to the screen the entire time, captivated.
Plemons and Buckley’s performances, aided by Toni Collette and David Thewlis, are absolutely stellar and are bound to draw you in. They feel real and natural in the story’s setting, like they’ve been there for years, real people living real things. Well… as real as it can get considering. Right, no more hints.
Anyway, I acknowledge how little I actually said about this movie, but trust me, this is well worth the watch if you’re in the mood for some mind-lovemaking. The rewatch value is high, and it’s actually encouraged you give this more than one watch to really get everything, so of course it made it on GD’s list.
If you’ve watched I’m Thinking of Ending Things, or you’ll do it after seeing it recommended here, do leave me a message. I’m really curious what other people think of it.
As always, thank you so much for reading, and see you next week!