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A hot summer night, around 2 a.m. You’re outside talking with a close friend about life, happiness, and the human condition. That quality and depth of conversation, which you reach at best a couple of times a year is present throughout the 106 minutes of The End of the Tour.
The film depicts the story of David Foster Wallace, played by Jason Segel, and his interactions with then Rolling Stone journalist David Lipsky, played by Jesse Eisenberg.
It’s like being with two smart friends and discussing your life and theirs in the sense that it is deeply personal, very smart while being simple, and unpretentiously relevant.
Performances are nothing short of perfect as Segel completely transforms into the character, and everything is authentically orchestrated with the deft hand of The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt. A rare and important film.
This really was like 106 minutes of those conversations you have at 2 AM in the morning with your close friends. Deep meaningful ones, about life and meaning.
Amazing! One of the best movies I’ve seen lately. Each conversation is heartfelt and a masterpiece in itself. I feel like I will remember the scenes for a really long time, definitely due to how real it feels and how much sympathy and understanding I, as a viewer, feel towards the characters. AND the acting is superb!
I love Jesse Eisenberg in everything he does, but dislike Jason Segel and his character. It seems slow moving, and I wished I felt differently. I did watch it through though, but it becomes easily forgettable for me.
Absolutely loved this movie. A friend of mine had recommended infinite jest by DFW years ago and the book was a random placement in my life I couldn’t quite reconcile with the low vocabulary level I held. Seeing this sent me on a DFW binge of YouTube and I can’t wait to start the book finally that I’ve had sitting around. It gives perspective to the inner workings of his mind and intentions he has to write and lends a minimal method to his madness. Very thought provoking and gratifying.
The movie is very bland. It doesn’t have a very clear conflict and it seems to glide over parts I wish it focused more on. But I have to say that the ending was very enjoyable. I would recommend you watch the entire movie even just for the ending.
Just really well done… Thought it would be too boring for me, but each conversation kept me reflecting about some aspect of life that doesn’t garner enough thought in my days.