The End of the Tour (2015)

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The End of the Tour: Directed by James Ponsoldt. With Anna Chlumsky, Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Joan Cusack. The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, ‘Infinite Jest.’

“Saw this film last weekend at its world premiere at Sundance. First of all, Donald Marguliesu0026#39; script was fantastic. I am slightly partial to good writing in film, so perhaps thatu0026#39;s just what stood out to me, but the dialogue is incredibly well-written and natural and at least generally captures David Foster Wallaceu0026#39;s fascinating way of talking. In essence (and in the best of ways), nothing really happens in this movie. There isnu0026#39;t a lot of high stakes drama, but thatu0026#39;s exactly what makes it so compelling. Itu0026#39;s like we as the audience get a glimpse into two men struggling with the same ideas about life, art, expression, addiction, culture, and depression. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eJason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg live up to the task of interpreting the script, helped along the way by director James Ponsoldt. The direction is simple, and the camera work is relatively basic throughout, giving the actors plenty of room to work with natural rhythm. Segel definitely impressed me, as this was the first dramatic role Iu0026#39;ve seen him in. While he didnu0026#39;t exactly capture some of Wallaceu0026#39;s real-life mannerisms, Iu0026#39;m not sure if that was exactly the point of the film. He interpreted the script in a powerful way, and I think that that ended up working out quite well for the overall tone of the film. Eisenberg played his usual somewhat neurotic, slightly asshole- ish character very well, and I thought it fit the reporter role perfectly.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOverall, I would strongly recommend the film. 9/10”


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