I'm Thinking of Ending Things

I'm Thinking of Ending Things ★★★½

I forgot Charlie Kauffman movies are basically Rubik’s cubes that you solve by getting clinical depression so the surreality of this snuck up on me but also worked all the same. But I like it more when it’s focused on conversational haze and lapses in understanding by its characters than on the “let’s put on a dissociation!” aspect of the last third, which feels too broad to make an emotional connection but not broad enough to leave me awestruck. But moments like the dinner, Jessie Buckley’s conversation with David Thewlis, the Pauline Kael scene, and the not-Dairy Queen scene are just sublime. And I know this isn’t meant to be “real” but I would trust Jesse Plemons to drive me in a blizzard.

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