Michael Wood · At the Movies: ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ · LRB 24 September 2020


The meanings​ of its title sit a little heavily on I’m Thinking of Ending Things, originally a novel by Iain Reid, which Charlie Kaufman has now adapted as a movie (on Netflix). Out of context, I’m Thinking of Ending Things strongly suggests the possibility of suicide. In context too, as it happens. However, in both Reid and Kaufman’s versions it also evokes time, ageing, dementia, loss, what things look like before they go. At one point in the film, in a riff on the old joke about… Michael Wood · At the Movies: ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ · LRB 24 September 2020