I’m Thinking Of Ending Things [2020] ★★½

First off let me tell you how much I admire screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s work. From “Being John Malkovich” to “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, Kaufman has left his stamp on so many films that are now regarded as “essential viewings”. That being said, I didn’t fully appreciate his latest effort, which you can now stream on Netflix. Much like so many of his movies, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” is clever and original, but I grew tired of it after a while. In telling the story of a young woman who travels with her new boyfriend to his parents’ secluded farm, Kaufman injects his script with dark humor and dream-like sequences, something you would expect from the man himself. Jessie Buckley and Jesse Plemons both wear their characters as a second skin, and the movie is truly mesmerizing and intriguing at first. But after the hour mark, I found myself drifting away from it. Instead of being constantly pulled in, I started to lose interest. It’s difficult to explain why without entering spoiler territory, but I will say that the pay-off wasn’t as rewarding as I wanted it to be. Let me put it this way: Charlie Kaufman movies tend to push me to read more about them, long after the credits start rolling. I didn’t feel that urge when “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” ended.

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