[Update: added a link to This Is Barry.]
If you've seen I'm Thinking of Ending Things, you might've struggled to put it all together, particularly the ending. At least, that's what the internet thinks, because a whole lot of sites are posting explainers about the film. Headlines and their opening blurbs below:
I’m Thinking of Ending Things Has a Confusing Twist. The Book Can Explain. (Slate) There’s a pretty straightforward narrative explanation for why things get so weird, and it’s spelled out more explicitly in the book than in the movie. Here’s a tentative explanation of what’s going on.
Charlie Kaufman’s Guide to ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’: The Director Explains Its Mysteries (indieWIRE) If Kaufman's enigmatic Netflix drama has you scratching your head, fear not: The director has answers. [Note: that headline is misleading. Charlie doesn't really provide answers.]
Let’s talk about the ending of Charlie Kaufman’s new movie, I’m Thinking Of Ending Things (AV Club) Spoiler Space offers thoughts on, and a place to discuss, the plot points we can’t disclose in our official reviews. Fair warning: This piece reveals major plot elements from both the movie version of I’m Thinking Of Ending Things and the Iain Reid novel on which it’s based. The endings of both will be revealed.
Charlie Kaufman’s Confounding I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Explained (Vanity Fair) How both the original book and the musical Oklahoma reveal the true meaning behind Kaufman’s ambitious film.
Spoiler Specials: I'm Thinking of Ending Things (Slate Podcast) Dana Stevens and Matthew Dessem spoil Charlie Kaufman’s twisty ending.
‘i’m thinking of ending things’ Ending Explained (Movie City Drive-In) If you clicked on this article then you have already seen Netflix’s newest movie i’m thinking of ending things, and if you haven’t this is your last warning.
Simplified Explanation Of I’m Thinking Of Ending Things (This Is Barry) This film has details in so many layers that one can write endless articles about them. Instead, I’m going to focus a quick and dry explanation and a semi-detailed one lining out all the critical points.