I’m Thinking of Ending Things is Netflix’s newest psychological horror written and directed by Charlie Kaufman. The story follows a young woman, who despite having second thoughts about their relationship, takes a road trip with her new boyfriend, Jake, to his family farm. Trapped at the farm during a snowstorm with Jake’s mother and father, the young woman begins to question the nature of everything she knew or understood about her boyfriend, herself, and the world.
Kaufman is a really interesting director (Being John Malkovich) and is even a more enthralling scriptwriter. He solely managed to create an equivocal“cinematic” experience where realism and quixotism merged perfectly together.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things is not a casual film by any means, nor is it something you watch just for the sake of watching a film. It’s a movie that requires deep story analysis and dialog examination .Even after all that extreme analysis, you are required to watch it again and again in order to comprehend it better. Because each time you watch it you will discover something new, something that was initially hiding in plain sight.
After you are able to connect allthe dots and examine the story as one whole, you begin to truly understand how intricate and complicated this film really is. It’s something far more evolved for the normal mind to grasp from just one watch. It’s a complete cerebral experience.
Kaufman sure knows how to construct a provocative film because trust me when I say that I’m Thinking of Ending Things will make a lot of people angry, upset and frustrated. It will also leave them lost and awestruck.
The story explored numerous themes such as the concept of time, remembrances and illusions. In general the movie and the story in particular are simply snippets of several genres fused together such as horror,thriller and drama. There were few horror elements present within the storyline but not in a direct and in your face kind of manner. It was all on the down low. And it was pretty much the same when it came to the thriller and drama parts.
The characters were as extreme and difficult as they could be. They were nearly poetic, if you think of it. I’m still, after watching it a couple of times, trying to decipher their existence and what they stand for. It was a known fact that the story would be really complicated but what came as a surprise is that even the characters were just as vague and complex.
Jessie Buckley and Jesse Plemons were simply captivating. The way they managed to portray each one of their characters is truly surreal. And just as expected, Toni Collette absolutely killed it and delivered a stellar performance filled with agony and despair. Truly speaking,the entire cast was phenomenal.
And of course, The cinematography andthe colors were simply hypnotic and created a whole world of darkness and ambiguity that was in complete harmony with the entire atmosphere of the film. The small details in the background, which can go by unnoticed during your first watch are literally everything and super crucial.
Trust me when I say that you will pause multiple times throughout the film and ask yourself what the hell did I just watch? Because it is that complex and weird and beautiful and poetic. I’m Thinking of Ending Things is unlike anything I’ve seen this entire year and I’m absolutely obsessed. I highly recommend it.
Full of misgivings, a young woman travels with her new boyfriend to his parents’ secluded farm.
Initial release: August 28, 2020
Director: Charlie Kaufman
Adapted from: I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Cinematography: Łukasz Żal
Screenplay: Charlie Kaufman