I’m Thinking of Ending Things is a 2020 film directed and written by Charlie Kaufman, and starring Jessie Plemons and Jessie Buckley. It follows a girl as she accompanied her boyfriend to his parents house, over time however, it’s revealed that there’s more than meets the eye with their entire trip. I feel very conflicted about this movie. On one hand, it’s got some unique ideas, and some pretty good dialogue, but on the other hand, it’s poorly paced, and although the dialogue is good, it’s also incessant and goes on far too long.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things follows Lucy and Jake, a newly formed couple that decides to take a trip and visit Jake’s parents in their rural home. All the while however Lucy wishes to break up with Jake. Over time however, some supernatural occurrences begin happening, as Jake’s parents rapidly age, and Lucy seems familiar with various people she meets. It has a twist ending that, although foreshadowed at, is very unclear and unsatisfying.
For starters, I actually liked the dialogue in this movie. I was worried it was going to be amateurish due to the reviews, it thankfully isn’t. It feels very realistic, and very relatable. Characters talk about existentialism and growing older, as well as societal norms and how humanity would rather suck up our problems rather than address them directly. There’s also some cool scenes where Kaufman utilizes Jake’s parents aging at rapidly different rates. Such as Jake’s dad being a senile old man in one scene, and a young handy father in the next.
However, this film is really terribly paced. There’s an entire half an hour at the start of the film where Jake and Lucy are literally just taking in the car. Although the dialogue is pretty good, it can’t hold this entire film up, and it feels very different than some of Kaufman’s other films, which just feel more refined and professional.
Overall, I’m Thinking of Ending Things doesn’t feel like any of Charlie Kaufman’s other films, and it’s really a disappointment for me. I can’t recommend it and it’s not that good.