Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this, I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with a rating of the movie and short overall thoughts.
On the docket today, the Netflix film based on Iain Reid’s acclaimed novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things.
Full of misgivings, a young woman travels with her new boyfriend to his parents’ secluded farm. Upon arriving, she comes to question everything she thought she knew about him, and herself. Based on Iain Reid’s acclaimed novel.
Our film has a slow and methodical pace to it, one of which I believe hinders itself early in the movie. A majority of people watching this film will turn it off after the first hour, and I wouldn’t blame them.
Our story is a bit pretentious in its delivery. It so badly wants to make you feel like it’s smarter than you are, but I believe that is just how Kaufman likes to deliver his films, and it is somewhat of a turnoff when watching this. The story weaves in and out of different places, intertwining them together, and while you are never sure what’s real and what’s not, the story is somewhat of a bore.
In this case, the film’s dialogue is bogged down by the pace, and while most will tell you ‘you just don’t get it’ (that’s film twitter for you), but in all honesty, the pacing is slow, our dialogue should have more meat to the bone, and this did not. The delivery of the lines falls short more often than not.
Transition into the heartbeat of the film, and that’s the performances. This movie might be a 1-2 star film if it wasn’t for the performances. Jessie Buckley coming off a fantastic performance in Wild Rose is captivating, smart, and full of delight in this role. Moving onto Plemons, his role as Jake reminded me of his role in Game Night, quirky, random, different, and unique. The emotional depth as Jake was what carried this film because he was uneven throughout the film.
Lastly, the film’s ending falls completely flat and that’s all I’ll say without going into depth as I want you to see the film.
‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things is carried by its performances but brought down by Kaufman’s pretentious screenplay.’
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