I'm Thinking of Ending Things

2020

Drama / Horror / Thriller

56
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 81%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 50

Synopsis


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September 27, 2020

Cast

Colby Minifie as Yvonne
David Thewlis as Father
Toni Collette as Mandy Slade
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1.21 GB
1280*720
English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
134 min
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1920×1080
English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
134 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by rachelpacelli-87855 5 / 10 / 10

Kaufman Didn't Properly "End Things"

I had the pleasure of reading Iain Reid's book a few years ago, and remember devouring it in practically one sitting. The biggest takeaway from me was the incredibly eerie tone throughout, the multitude of questions I had, and then the shocking plot twist that gave the title "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" an entirely new and powerful meaning. I am a fan of Kaufman's work, and was excited when I learned he was adapting this wonderful, creepy, and thought-provoking book. However, after watching it, I feel like his entire approach to the novel was a big mistake and took away most of what made it an entertaining and powerful story. So, before I go into my biggest problems with the way this was handled, I have to say that clearly most of my opinions are based on having read the book beforehand. Therefore, I genuinely cannot say how I would feel about this film if I didn't have that prior knowledge and comparison. Others may very well enjoy this film and think it strong, but compared to the book...well let's get into that. 1) THE TONE My biggest takeaway when reading the book was that, though there was a very strong off-key/strange feeling to the characters and events, you were never entirely sure what was wrong, nor did you fully know it wasn't based in reality. This gave the story a very creepy and unpredictable quality that kept you guessing. Though I have enjoyed Kaufman's surrealist images in his past films - this sense of dream-like scenes - from the first meeting with the parents at the farm, you immediately and undoubtably know this story isn't based in reality. I know this is a deliberate approach Kaufman chose, especially since he continually interweaves it with images of the janitor at the school, but I feel like it takes away from the spine of the story itself. Because of this, the eeriness from the book was largely gone and I found myself less interested in what I was watching because it lacked any grounding. 2) LENGTH/EDITING Much of this film feels very dragged out. I have a high tolerance for what others consider "slower" films, but in this case I feel that every change of scenery (the car, the farm, back to the car, the school) were long, dragged out scenes that could've used with moments of better pacing or editing. For example, in the beginning Buckley's character quotes a poem that she wrote. There were many interesting aspects of this poem, but it began to drag on and I came in and out of focus. Just one example in a film that could've used stronger editing or script tightening. 3) THEMES I give Kaufman credit for taking certain themes in the book, like aging, and crafting impactful commentary on how people are treated, looked at, and how they feel about their own lives as they age. However, I do feel that - though oftentimes beautiful - some of these themes were too on-the-nose at certain points, therefore lessening its impact. I feel this happened more commonly towards the end of the film, once they got to the school (ex. The conversation around "Baby It's Cold Outside" felt more preachy, rather than a genuine conversation, or a written scene that added any original thought to this conversation. Just one example.) 4) THE ENDING This is the biggest problem and why the final shot of this film feels less like a button and more like a "is it over?" Getting back to the book, one of the biggest takeaways from it was the deeply unnerving sense of dread and fear the reader experienced throughout, especially as it continued to crescendo up to the end where a shocking twist was laid out! Basically, the "Lucy" character was in the school, trying to find her boyfriend, and she ended up having to hide from the janitor who seemed like he was going to kill her. I was TERRIFIED while reading it, and had no idea where it was going. Then BAM, the twist ending that the janitor had actually created all of these characters and was writing about them before he committed suicide. Therefore "I'm thinking of ending things" took on an extremely powerful context that you hadn't yet seen, bringing the entire story together and staying with you long after you read it! Kaufman didn't have ANY of this. There was no real tension once Buckley's character talked to the janitor, and instead poetic images (dancing, choreography, a final musical number, etc) replaced all of this. Similarly to what I said before about being too on-the-nose with themes, we were very hit over the head with the janitor's sense of self, his comparison to the dying, maggot filled pig as he walked naked in the hallway, and then the musical number at the end that went on a bit too long and didn't have a strong enough impact. Also to not have the janitor, at any point say "I'm thinking of ending things" is such a travesty and why the ending doesn't feel tied in properly to the rest of the film. Listen, the actors were great, as always, visually there were some stunning scenes, the lighting particularly stood out, etc. The big problem was Kaufman twisting this story that worked so well in the book into the story he wanted to tell - he didn't properly honor the source material, and what he did instead didn't work. This sometimes happens with adaptations, especially with an auteur, so I guess I should've expected it. And, again, if you haven't read the book then maybe it is powerful (though I still feel like it needed some editing). However, the original story from the novel was extremely well done, and incredibly creepy and unnerving. Mostly, though, there was a solid climax and jaw-dropping twist that made the whole story complete. Because Kaufman changed the entire ending, and took out all levels of creepiness, there was no actual climax, and I wasn't sure the movie was over until the credits rolled. It's a shame, because the book was great and I don't want people to get the wrong idea about it. Honestly, Kaufman shouldn't have been the one to adapt this, or he should've, at the very least, properly "ended things".

Reviewed by beatrizpvcoutinho 9 / 10 / 10

Here's some help understanding the meaning of the movie

To anyone who has no idea what they have just watched here is the opinion of someone who read the book (which helps a lot in understanding the movie). The book also starts with Jake and his girlfriend going to visits his parents house. The girlfriend had been getting strange phone calls for weeks from her own number, and whoever is calling always leaves a voicemail saying "there is only one question to answer" but she hasn't told Jake about it yet. When they get to jakes house the interactions are also odd but Jakes parents dont age like in the movie. When they finally leave they also stop at the ice cream shop and then at the school where Jake disappears. Worried , his girlfriend goes after him , and there are many pages describing how terrified she is while going through rooms from the school where only a janitor lives. That's when the big plottwist of the book happens. You find out that the girlfriend never existed, it was only someone Jake once met when he was young but he didn't manage to get the courage to ask for her number. You find out that when he was young he was a bright young man who worked at a lab but he lacked social skills so he was never able to make many friends, or even just interact with people, so eventually he quit and became a janitor so he could be alone. However he becomes extremely lonely, slowly loosing his mind while dreaming of the life he could have lived and the importance of relationships. You find out that the "question" mentioned on the phone calls is "What are you waiting for" (which unfortunately doesn't appear in the movie although the phone calls do). This is what Jake has been thinking for days while debating if he should or shouldnt kill himself. So he writes a notebook with this whole story of the girlfriend which is basically the book you are reading and he eventually kills himself over loneliness. In the movie there isn't a big plottwist because it is much more evident throughout the movie that this is sort of a dream, or that it's not really reality. The girlfriend says in the end that she never actually talked to Jake indicating that they never dated. The death occurs in the dance scene but it's not as explicit as in the book. The final song seems to be about not giving up which Jake tried for a long time. I'm just disappointed that they never reveal what the question of the phone calls was , because it makes them feel pointless... There are many scenes in the movie that don't happen in the book, but overall the story is the same. I believe they made an amazing adaptation! It is very visually pleasing, the acting is amazing and I loved the mixing of dance, music and animation when you weren't expecting at all. So there you have it! I hope this helped some of you understanding the movie a bit better !

Reviewed by aguti-09325 9 / 10 / 10

Explanation Post

Yes this movie can be confusing. Yes this movie can seem all over the place. Not to fear I'm here to dole out understanding. 1) Let me get this out of the way quickly. The girl, let's name her Louise, does not exist. She is an embodiment of Jake's imagination the entire time. When she is at the high school she reveals to the Janitor that she never knew him. She was there with her girlfriend celebrating an anniversary and this guy lingered. That is the extent and reality of their interaction. 2) Jake take his embodiment girlfriend Louise to meet his parents in different aspects of his life. When his parents were healthy, as they got older with illnesses, and when he was a child. At dinner Louise shows the parents paintings that she has done. Father doesn't seem to like them much. But those are Jakes paintings. When Louise goes into the basement those oil paintings are the same ones she showed the parents. 3) Now the Janitor is Jake. Jake was never anything more than a janitor most of his adult life. He sees the kids at the school some stay around and work other move on. There are many quick cuts scenes throughout the movie showing the janitor being at the school when kids are there. There are two girl close to the beginning of the movie who make fun of the way he looks and walks those are the same mean girls at the ice cream shop. Before they get to the ice cream shop he talks about seeing kids everyday and it shows one shy girl walking by herself in hallway full of kids talking to each other and not her. She made the ice cream. The kids who dance and kick the locker by accident are the kids who do the interpretive dance at the end. 4) LASTLY I promise. The interpretive dance is a symbol. Jake thinks that if he would have just talked to her when he first saw her and he was all these things he wasn't. Physicist, author, painter, just a genius he could have married her and loved each other. But the reality was he is a janitor and how can someone so beautiful love a janitor like him. Then the musical number is a reality of how he lives his life. He lives his life at night in his head. He grinds through the day to get by. At night he gets to imagine a whole wonderful life for himself. Please react whether this was helpful or not. Thank you for reading those that made it until the end.

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