The first trailer for Netflix’s upcoming surreal in a good way but still very much foaming-at-the-mouth weird while also funny horror-drama I’m Thinking of Ending Things has arrived.
Adapted from the 2016 debut novel from Canadian writer Iain Reid with the same name, the film version has been written and directed by Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). This is Kaufman’s third time in the director’s chair for a movie he’s also written. It’s also the first time he’s adapted another writer’s material since 2002’s Adaptation, starring Nicolas Cage in multiple roles.
The official synopsis for I’m Thinking of Ending Things reads, “Despite second thoughts about their relationship, a young woman (Jessie Buckley) takes a road trip with her new boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to his family farm. Trapped at the farm during a snowstorm with Jake’s mother (Toni Collette) and father (David Thewlis), the young woman begins to question the nature of everything she knew or understood about her boyfriend, herself, and the world.” (edited) But as the trailer suggests, the movie seems to be much more about the tone and world than the plot itself, per se.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things is due to premiere on Netflix September 4, although reportedly would have played the festival circuit had COVID not shut events and venues down. In advance of the movie’s upcoming release, Kaufman recently told Entertainment Weekly: “I don’t set out to do a mindf*** [in my movies]… I’m not setting out to do something that ‘tops’ some sort of brainteaser I might have done before. But there’s no question that I’m trying to build on the stuff that I’ve already done.”
I’m Thinking About Ending Things lands on Netflix on September 4.
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