Updated: Sep 9
"Perhaps Charlie Kaufman should be the one to think about ending things after the release of this straight-to-Netflix effort."
What an endlessly maddening movie this is! From “Charlie Kaufman," the writer of ‘Human Nature,’ comes his first moving picture in five years, 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things,' the latest film to star Breakout 'Breaking Bad' star Jesse Plemons. Perhaps Charlie Kaufman should be the one to think about ending things after the release of this straight-to-Netflix effort.
Rare is the motion picture when the last 2 hours surprise you just as much as the first 14 minutes do, and not in the ways you'd be expecting. Jesse "Meth Damon" Plemons stars as Jake, the boyfriend of Lucy, Louisa, or Lucia, played by Jessie Buckley of the FX hit, 'Fargo.'
One of the worst films to come out of 2020, 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things' is rife with confusion and continuity errors. *SPOILERS AHEAD*
The movie just kept getting worse. At first I thought it was strange that the characters' clothing changed several times throughout Act One.
"Maybe this is another one of Kaufman's overambitious ideas," I thought to myself.
But when Act Two begun, and we were introduced to Jake's parents, (Little Miss Sunshine's Toni Collette and Harry Potter's David Thewlis), I started to notice that it was more than just the clothes that were changing.
"Charlie, is it really that hard to make sure that a sweater doesn't change colour between takes?"
By the end of the second act, it becomes nearly impossible to tell how old Jake's parents are supposed to be, which I can only imagine is the result of the worst case of makeup department miscommunication between the film's makeup artists Lizzie Davies, Adelina Atashi, Stella Bouzakis, and Susie Bua. By the time the Third Act begun, I had already lost count of the continuity errors that were present throughout the film, and all of the clothing and age changes sure start to add up over the film's unwarranted 2 hour and 14 minute run time.
Every so often, from time to time, a flick comes out that is unlike most others. A flick that destroys the possibility of a new world and instead produces treacherous things. "Being John Malkovich" was a movie like that, and so in their different ways were "Adaptation," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Synecdoche, New York," and "Anomalisa." What do such films have in common? Everything. That's the point. Each one stakes out a completely ephemeral place filled with never-ending confusion and continuity errors. Either "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" gets nominated for worst picture, or Razzie members with voting rights should be the ones to think about ending things.