“I’m thinking of ending things” movie review
Charlie Kaufman’s “I’m thinking of ending this” based on the book by best-selling author Iain Reid was released on Netflix last week. The story is about a young woman who would be meeting her boyfriend’s family for the first time. The role of the young woman is played by Jessie Buckley. Her role appears to have many different names throughout the movie.
Lucy and Jake (played by Jesse Plemons) have been on only six dates and now she’s meeting his parents. The movie opens with Louisa (another name for Lucy) thinking about ending things with her boyfriend. As we move forward with the story, Jake and Lucy have started their road trip to the farmhouse. Jake is a slightly awkward person who doesn’t appear to have many friends.
Jake is excited for her girlfriend to meet his parents. He starts reciting a poem he read during his school, to the young woman which would interrupt her from receiving a call. Later, Jake finds out that Lucy could sing too. Then, he begs her to sing a poem until they reach the farmhouse.
They enter the house which looks nothing less than a haunted house filled with things that could be 50 years old. Buckley’s character sees strange marks on the basement door that doesn’t look normal. As they enter, Lucy meets the family dog or could be something else. Jimmy (the dog) is strange, it doesn’t stop shaking. He looks excited in the first view but then it creeps out the young woman.
After hearing the door close, Toni Collette and David Thewlis- Jake’s parents step down from the stairs to welcome the guests. The dog meanwhile is still shaking and that is creeping out the scene. Toni Colette appears to be a weird character, she has a very rare disease in which she hears sounds of hissing. The meal is ready and everyone is at the table to start dinner.
LET’S HAVE DINNER!
At the dinner table, the young woman sees a picture of young Jake and she thinks it’s her own picture. Later, the woman talks about what she does at the university and tells her story of how she met Jake at the bar during a trivia night.
The young woman keeps on getting calls from her friend Lucy, and now a different number is calling her so she decides to answer the call. This time it’s from a girl named Yvonne. Throughout the movie, she gets called by different names and therefore, appears to have different professions.
Jake and the woman have now started their drive back home as they have work in the morning. They stop at an ice cream shop for a dessert and to take a little break from all the cold weather out there. There are 2 girls who are serving at the ice cream shop, as they are about to leave the girls to warn them for some reason which makes the scene a little surreal.
The movie keeps on going with the same random and strange things. The bond between Jake and the woman is a bit unclear and odd.
The movie centers on human connection, memories, and perception. Charlie Kaufman, one of the most prominent directors has been making psychological dramas from the beginning of his career. All his films are known to have a lot of suspense and couldn’t be seen in intervals. This movie had many scenes that made the viewers question themselves. On the road trip, they see a swing in the middle of nowhere. Jimmy keeps on shaking for some reason.
All these factors add up to make the film intense and a bit confusing for the viewers. The ending is still unclear to many but still leaves the viewers to guess and make their assumptions about the end. It’s available on Netflix since September 4th, 2020, and available for big screens in some cities.