Entertainment Issue 6 Magazine

I’m Thinking of Ending Things Review

By Sofia Mantua

This movie will change your view on life and death, I’m Thinking of Ending Things is an American psychological thriller, and is based on the 2016 novel of the same name. It stars  Jessie Buckley, and revolves around a young woman going to visit her boyfriend Jake’s parents for the first time. She is thinking of ending things with Jake after 7 weeks of dating. While watching the movie, you feel kind of on-edge; it really makes you think, and has all kinds of twists and turns. 

The scenes of this film cut between two different stories. One being an old janitor, who works at a high school, and the other being the young woman and Jake. Seeing the movie for the first time, you will probably be pretty confused. To really understand what’s going on, it helps if you keep your full attention on what’s happening. In the duration of the movie, the woman’s name changes several times, as does the age of Jake’s parents. You get to see their lives go by right before your eyes. It was released on August 28, 2020, and came out on Netflix on September 4, 2020. 

I’m Thinking of Ending Things is a very well-filmed movie, and makes you think a lot about life and death. It also has many actors you’ve probably never seen before; it’s always refreshing to see new faces in such a complex movie. Although I have never read it, according to many reviews, the book is easier to follow than the movie. While the acting and overall feel of the movie is great, books are normally easier to understand. 

Overall, I would give this movie an 8/10, because it is somewhat hard to understand. However, if you pay attention and connect the dots, the film makes more sense and is actually very beautiful. If you don’t automatically understand the events of the movie after watching, don’t feel bad because it takes some time to understand. I feel like everyone could interpret I’m Thinking of Ending Things in a different way, and each interpretation would make sense. Psychological Thrillers are one of my favorite genres of movies, because I love to try and understand things in a deeper meaning. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes to think in new ways, and is looking for more of a challenging watch.