Charlie Kauffman with his movies Being John Malkovich and the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind made him one of the celebrated directors and writers of his era. His last movie “I’m Thinking of Ending Things”(2020) made us feel like I’m Thinking of Quitting this Film or at least stop thinking too much.
As for the plot, Lucy (or Luisa, or Lucia, or Amy or whatever…) accepted an invitation from her boyfriend Jake (that they’ve been a couple for two months) to meet his parents. They will drive for hours in the blizzard to reach the farm where he grew up, eat together with his parent and return later home.
With the adaptation of Iain Reid’s novel, Kauffman’s surreal approach requires a great deal of thinking hard.
The trip to the farmhouse of her boyfriend turns into an alarming night because of the snowy weather with Kauffman revealing his mind-fuck intentions along the way of the trip and the conversations getting more and more awkward to follow up.
“I’m Thinking of Ending Things” is very dark and pointless with many existential questions but no answers. With the biggest part of the movie set in the car we felt every moment of their silence. As this is not already enough the weirdness accelerates when finally they arrive home and Jake’s mother and father (Toni Collette and David Thewlis) make their appearance.
The film is getting disturbing as is revealing us a labyrinth between time and space and truth and illusion, Kaufman deliberately confuses us as the parents get older and younger again and again. Is this a mind game or just a movie? Should movies be so hard to watch?
Undoubtedly Kauffman has been a great director and of course he is not the only director that made a bad movie once throughout his career, examples like The Coen Brothers – The Ladykillers and David Fincher – Alien 3 are easy to mention.
Noticeably Kauffman is not intentionally intentional to make hard-to-watch movies but who are we to argue?
The brave ones can watch right now the film on Netflix.