Tom!! 🚀’s review published on Letterboxd:
Wow. i’m thinking of ending things will no doubt be a very divisive film, especially seeing as it’s accessibility will go through the roof by being on Netflix.I imagine some will hate it and others will love it without much space in between. It’s an intentionally confusing and at times frustrating film that l think you have to be in the right mood for, or at least know what you’re getting yourself into. I’m aware of and enjoy Kaufman’s work as both director and writer and this doesn’t disappoint.
Great performances and characters permeate throughout which makes the film easier to stomach than it might have been otherwise, Jessie Bluckly and Jesse Plemons have a great back and forth in their scenes together, and the scenes that take a break from that also have great performances all around. The film almost has these comic undertones that made me laugh and question throughout. I didn’t know it was billed as a ‘horror’ until after I saw it and I’d say it’s probably not wise to go in thinking that’s what it’s going to be. As a trademark of the directior you have no idea where this is going to go and you kind of just have to let it wash over you. I haven’t read the book (I think I know where my next audible credit will go) but it definitely feels at home with Kaufman’s other films and doesn’t feel like an adaption for adaptions sake or a cash in, I know the writer of the book worked on this so maybe there was some leeway or compromise that was made.
It’s a hard film to talk about, you’ll either like it or you wont. As someone who likes smaller scenes and odd concepts I liked it a fair bit. It’s not my favourite Kaufman by any stretch of the imagination, but it has great characters, great script and enough head scratching to keep you invested. I look forward to exploring it again soon.