Full of misgivings, a young woman travels with her new boyfriend to his parents’ secluded farm. Upon arriving, she comes to question everything she thought she knew about him, and herself.
Without question, Charlie Kaufman’s adaptation of Iain Reid’s is suffused with good intentions and the sincerity to seemingly tell the story of one man’s strained relationship with his parents. Yet, that’s not exactly what the film is about and trying to crack the plot proves well-nigh impossible. Much as Christopher Nolan does with Tenet, Kaufman makes this film for himself, seemingly unconcerned whether the viewer can follow it or not. The dynamic performances from Jesse Buckley, Jesse Plemmons, Toni Collette and David Thewlis cause you to hang on much longer than you should, while the tepid pace ultimately proves too taxing.
The avant garde writer and director Charlie Kaufman (“Adaptation” 2002, “Being John Malkovich” 1999) has a new project, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” which may be one of his most challenging and haunting films to date as he adapts Ian Reid’s book of the same name. Feeling more like a stage play than a film, Kaufman takes the essential elements of story telling and burns the images from dialogue into our minds to create a visceral and evocative film.
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