The End of the Tour tells 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.’ (c) IMDb
Watching this movie felt like you are part of their journey. I love how simple the plot is and the way they told the story is very raw. The intellectual exchanges of conversation between the two leads, Jason Segel (David Foster Wallace) and Jesse Eisenberg (David Lipsky) brought me into thinking that these kinds of movies where they only use their ability to highlight emotions through delivery of lines are really effective films. It may not be commercially successful, but there is a quality in these types of movies. I love how they built a subtle tension between the two while still keeping it civil and casual. I love the chemistry of the two in terms of getting along the scenes, one slowly understanding each characteristics and attitudes. I felt like the interview was no longer about what it is like to be the most talked about writer in America circa 1996 but it then discussed about life in general, the relationships, responsibilities, etc.
Jesse’s performance as the interviewer and writer for Rolling Stone was realistic and engaging at the same time as I, myself, was taught about how to carry out interviews, more like getting inside the mind and soul of the subject to get the story. However, Segel’s portrayal of Wallace overshadowed Jesse’s. I really felt his struggle of depression, sadness, loneliness and anxiety while trying to live a discrete life. The cinematography also aided in giving the flick the mood of simplicity as it really focused on the interaction between both Davids. The editing was perfectly done as well and the soundtrack was soulful. I don’t know why these indie films have fantastic soundtracks.
I will give the movie 3.5 out of 5 stars since there were scenes that bore me due to the length of the film but was salvaged due to their riveting conversation and portrayals.
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