Trailer Review: i’m thinking of ending things

Trailer for the upcoming Netflix film i’m thinking of ending things:

If you’re opposed to watching trailers for fear they give away too much. Here’s Netflix’s premise:

Despite second thoughts about their relationship, a young woman takes a road trip with her new boyfriend to his family farm. Trapped at the farm during a snowstorm with Jake’s mother and father, the young woman begins to question the nature of everything she knew or understood about her boyfriend, herself, and the world.

Whelp, having watched the trailer, obviously, I’m appropriately horrified.

First, you had me at horror, as I found this through the r/horror subreddit, so I already had an inkling that it was going to be horror-based, although when I first saw that Netflix was doing this film, going by the cover, I assumed a drama of sorts.

Second, you had me at Toni Collette (playing Suzie, the boyfriend’s mom), particularly given the context of knowing this is a horror film because Toni Collette is freaking brilliant. She deserved an Oscar nomination, in my humble opinion, for 2018’s Hereditary. Hereditary was one of the best horror films of the 2010s, and one of the main reasons was her horrifying, grief-stricken performance.

But then she showed another side of herself in 2019’s Knives Out. She’s simply great, and someone that’s going to get me to watch anything she’s in at this point.

I also know a lot of people are also super hyped that Charles Kaufman is directing this. Kaufman is the man behind acclaimed early 2000s slate of films Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. He’s also directed Synecdoche, New York, with this 2020 film for Netflix being his first live-action film since then (he did an stop-motion animated film Anomalisa in 2015). All of those movies I’m familiar with, of course, but sad to say, I have not seen any of them. I need to catch up with him, to say the least. But, from my understanding of these films, they also seem to be of apiece with the weirdness of this latest film he’s directing/writing.

Unfortunately, I’m also not familiar with the prior roles of Jessie Buckley (playing Cynthia, the girlfriend). Apparently, she’s in the HBO’s miniseries Chernobyl, which I’ve been meaning to watch, and is quite acclaimed already at only 30-years-old.

Finally, I’m also sad to say, I have not read Iain Reid’s novel, which this film is based on, that came out in 2016 of the same name. I might try to read it in the few weeks before this film releases. I’m also already intrigued by two different style choices: The novel capitalizes the tile, as you would expect, and the film lower cases it. Also, the novel repeats the title over and over again on the cover. Interesting. Without knowing the plot of either (because of course, the film could do things differently from the book), I don’t know if that is going to be manifest, but it stood out to me, nonetheless.

Third, you had me at Jesse Plemons (playing Jake, the boyfriend), as he’s perfect for this role, or at least, would seem so, as he just gives off a weird vibe. I can’t not see him as the psychopath Todd in one of my favorite shows Breaking Bad. More than being a psychopath, he was just weird and off-kilter. That seems fitting for this rather trippy film.

After watching the trailer, I have two reactions: 1.) Thank you, and 2.) Uncomfortable (in a horrified way).

Thank you, trailer.

Trailers nowadays, particularly for horror movies, but really, across any genre of film, just give away too much. The idea probably being to throw as much at the viewer to hopefully get them into the theater. Alas, this is going to be on Netflix, but whatever the case, this trailer doesn’t give away anything. If you haven’t read the book and know the plot already, this trailer gives nothing away. I don’t know what is going to happen in this film. I don’t know what is going on. All I know is that it looks mind-bending and horrific. And I’m fine with that as a incentive.

Uncomfortable (in a horrified way).

That’s the best reaction to have after watching a horror movie trailer. The way Toni Collette and David Thewlis (playing Dean) were acting as the parents, the way the dog kept shaking (will it ever stop?), and how weird Jesse Plemons was, all created a sense of unease, uncomfortableness, and horror at watching the trailer, and thus, exciting me for the actual movie to see what the heck is going on.

What a birthday gift for me, huh? This debuts on Netflix a day before my birthday on Sept. 4, so I’ll be watching on “opening night,” as it were. What about you? Have you read the book?

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