Movie Reviews

I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

thinking-ending-things-2020-review-netflixDirector: Charlie Kaufman

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Runtime: 134 Minutes

Main Cast: Jessie Buckley, Jesse Plemons, Toni Collette, David Thewlis, Guy Boyd

Plot: Jessie Buckley plays a young woman travelling through treacherous weather with her boyfriend to go and meet his parents for dinner at their farm house. She isn’t certain about how she feels about her relationship and when they arrive things get strange.

My Thoughts: What a happy movie title! Oh you guys, I don’t know where to start with this one. I started writing this post the second I finished watching the movie but it would have been a hate-filled rant, and I needed to let my thoughts settle. I never watch a movie expecting to hate it. I wouldn’t watch a movie if I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it, and if anything I was SO looking forward to this one. I adored Anomalisa (2015), Charlie Kaufman’s last movie and everyone on Twitter and Letterboxd was raving about it. Then I saw it getting comparisons to Tenet (2020) and I got really confused. Yes, time is a prominent feature in I’m Thinking of Ending Things, and if you dare to try and tell me it makes more sense than Tenet I will fight you.

The 20 minute car journey at the start of the movie dragged a bit but I gave it the benefit of the doubt, mainly for Jessie Buckley who always plays interesting characters (we’ll forget about Dolittle, okay?). When the couple arrive at the farm house I was relieved, we were finally getting into the story, and then the weirdness kicked in. I mean, anyone who is about to meet their partner’s parents for the first time needs to watch this movie. You’ll instantly feel better about it because there’s no way it could be more awkward. Toni Collette has proven many a time that she plays crazy with ease, and David Thewlis kicks it up a notch too for the creepiest atmosphere ever.

I was hoping the strange events that take place would be explained. At some point, towards the end of the movie I thought that they might be. Perhaps they actually did, but it was completely lost on me. I’ll explain the plot of Tenet to a room of grannies and toddlers before I watch this movie again…I’m so disappointed!

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Best Bit: As much as I disliked the movie, getting to see Toni Collette makes it worthwhile. How she hasn’t won an Oscar yet is beyond me. For the ultimate creepy-mom-athon, watch this back to back with Hereditary (2018). I would genuinely be scared to meet her!

Worst Bit: Possible spoilers here so skip down if you want to avoid them. Like I said, I thought the ending was going to come with an explanation and then it just turned into…La La Land?! What the actual eff? Also, there’s a movie that keeps being discussed and I’ve never seen it. Is it essential watching to understand?!

Fun Trivia: The young woman is not named in the credits or closed captions, and is referred to by multiple names like Lucy, Lucia, and Louisa. These first names are also the only thing on the caller ID or on the texts she gets.
(BUT WHY.)

My Rating: 1 and a half copies of the Genus edition of Trivial Pursuit…and I was today years old when I realised it isn’t in fact the Genius edition. Doh.

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21 thoughts on “I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

  1. I enjoyed this, but I settled in for the weird and unsettling feelings. Near the end where the young woman repeatedly said, “I just want to go home” I started wondering if she was really the main character. I don’t think she is, but I think it’s a more interesting movie from her point of view. (Or there points of view, if she was standing in for a group of women.)

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  2. It’s tricky to figure out but it really worked for me in a way I wasn’t expecting. Kaufman is pretty hit-or-miss with me so my expectations were in check. But I really did like it especially after a second viewing.

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  3. I watched it last night! It’s a wild movie; I would love to hear what you disliked about it. I enjoyed my experience watching and attempting to dissect the film, but I wouldn’t watch it again.

    P.S. Toni Collette HASN’T won an Oscar yet? This woman has been dominating cinema!

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    1. I think a lot of my dislike came from not understanding what was actually happening! I’ve since read a lot about it and understand it now but it’s still left a bad taste in my mouth. It just didn’t click with me!
      And I KNOW RIGHT. She is incredible!

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  4. Oh, how I hated this movie. The first part was really interesting, but then it got completely incomprehensible and self-referential. I have a film degree, but I don’t think I should ever have to do extensive reading about a movie to understand it. They should have ended it before they left the house–it was good up until then. Ugh, ugh, ugh. Too harsh?

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