otspotlight’s review published on Letterboxd:
Upon thinking of how to put down thoughts into writing regarding Charlie Kaufman's latest, a million thoughts popped up surrounding the best way to describe the experience. Attempting to not use the cliched word of "mindf*ck" considering that this gets thrown around a lot, however if ever there was a piece of cinema that stood up on a table and demanded the use of such word, it would be 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things.'
Right from the opening scene, 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things' makes it abundantly clear that something is off. The mannerisms and dialogue of its two leads (Jessie Buckley and Jesse Plemons) seem disconnected and distant like a daydream. Unnatural at times with overtones of deep melancholy; aided by the constant talk of existence and mortality, spoken as if reciting poetry.
Upon further thought, it dawned that perhaps 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things' is a film best not described at all. The typical practice of noting down one's thoughts during the initial viewing became increasingly absurd as this is one of those instances in which a second or perhaps third viewing would be required in order to fully grasp everything that it represents. Becoming increasingly frustrated as the time went on at just how much 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things' looks to invade each corner of your brain until you cannot even attempt to think about anything else, navigating its narrative puzzle on a seemingly endless quest for answers that may never present themselves.
Just as in the book it is based on by Iain Reid, there is a lot hidden away inside of the sinister Rubick's Cube that is 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things.' With moody, nightmarish, beautiful cinematography, another fantastic and genuinely unsettling performance from 'Hereditary's Toni Collette along with silver screen veteran David Thewlis. 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things' is a film that one must approach with an open, and utterly prepared mind. Because, and it has to be said, Charlie Kaufman is about to f*ck it.