I have never been a fan of Kaufman’s writing. ‘Being John Malkovich’, ‘Adaptation.’, ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’… I have always disliked how literally Kaufman takes his themes, manifesting them into the physical and actual instead of allowing them to occupy the metaphysical and spiritual. He is self-aware but unfortunately uses this self-awareness to make bizarre meta-commentaries, using literary devices such as irony that only succeeds in bludgeoning the viewer over the head with the obvious that it becomes a chore to sit through. Either Kaufman takes his audience for a bunch of idiots thus the bluntness in writing, or Kaufman lacks finesse.
As I was watching ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’, I couldn’t help but feel how uncinematic it was (despite its best attempts). Always concerned with its images yet always eluding visual distinction. The camera moves, the editor cuts, the viewer is abandoned in the midst of it all. The lack of grounding in the film’s form seems antithetical to its content. The longer it goes on, the further it slips away until we are left with nothing. Maybe Kaufman should be writing books instead of making movies.
4/10 – Deficient