Updated: Nov 12, 2020
Despite reservations about their relationship, a young woman (Jessie Buckley) takes a road trip with her new boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to his family’s farmhouse during a snowstorm. While trapped in the house with Jake's mother (Toni Collette) and father (David Thewlis), the young woman begins to question certain things about herself, the world and the people connected to her.
When the film’s trailer hit, it gave off vibes of an unsettling, psychological horror, where it had you on your toes throughout the viewing experience - wondering if the parents were up to something sinister.
Sadly, the movie leaves much to be desired. From the first ten minutes, I was driven to boredom with the long car ride conversations and the tortuously slow-burning pace of the film. The acting was solid with the material they had to work with. However, my attention span was already wearing thin by the time the couple finally arrived at the farmhouse.
Yet, there are a few positives. As stated, the acting is well done. The atmosphere is misleading, giving you a sense of uncertainty with how characters behave. And there isn’t much music to distract you from your viewing experience.
The movie is meant for those who are fans of the book. This will no doubt enhance their enjoyment of the film adaptation.
As a little warning to the curious viewers; this movie isn’t meant to be watched casually. For those who love abstract, artistic, deep thought-provoking discussions, this is worth a watch. However, if there are those who have short attention spans like me, look elsewhere.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things was released as a 2016 novel by Canadian Author Lain Reid. The film adaptation was released on Netflix on Sept. 4, 2020.