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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Movie Reviews

Review: Game Night (2018)

game-night-movie-review-2018Have I ever mentioned how much I love Jason Bateman comedies? Horrible Bosses and The Change UpĀ are 2 of my favourite movies of all time, and I’m also a big fan of board games and game nights in general so you can imagine how gutted I was to miss the cinema release of Game Night! It was just one of those incidents where plans were made, the showtimes didn’t work, and then by the time the plans are made again, it’s not in the cinema anymore.

Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) met at a quiz night, fell in love, and hosted a weekly game night for their friends ever since. Things get tense when Max’s extremely successful brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) comes to visit, and suggests hosting the ultimate game night at his rented accommodation. It’s a murder mystery night where one of the group will be kidnapped, but things take a strange turn…

Sadly if you’ve seen the trailer you’ll know what that turn is, but although it gives away far too much of the story (in my opinion anyway) there’s still a lot of fun to be had, and plenty of surprises along the way. There’s always that fear with comedies that all the good jokes are in the trailer, leaving nothing left, but I found loads more to laugh at this time around.

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If you’re a fan of American sitcoms like I am then there’s also a lot of familiar faces to spot which I always find fun. Jason Bateman gives you exactly what you would expect, but the show-stealer this time round was without a doubt Max’s weird neighbour Gary (Jesse Plemons Am I the only one who had to do a double take to check he wasn’t actually Matt Damon?

Anyway, Gary used to be a part of Max’s weekly game nights but when he split from his wife the group started to avoid him (because he’s quite weird), leaving the gang having to creep into the house so as not to make Gary suspicious.

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Despite all of this though, there’s just something stopping Game Night from being up there with the ultimate comedies for me. Perhaps its a movie that will grow on me more and more, as I’ll definitely be rewatching it at some point, but maybe it’s just that I had to wait so long to see it. It’s still a great comedy by all counts of course!

I feel like the last 20 or so minutes is where most of the real enjoyment is, and if you’ve already seen Game Night you’ll know why. I wondered how many times the movie was going to turn the tables on us! It gets a solid 4 out of 5 squeaky dog toys from me.

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