Does achievement make you happy? (I'd say yes.)
Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky once said that his five-day interview of acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace was “the best conversation he ever had.” I believe it. The film can be described similarly; it’s a powerful conversation that gives talkmaster director Richard Linklater a run for his money.
The End Of The Tour, directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now), chronicles the interview that took place during the last leg of the 1996 book tour for Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. Jesse Eisenberg (Lipsky) and Jason Segel (Wallace) are perfectly cast, but the real star is the tight script.
Last August’s movie lineup included Linklater’s Boyhood, which gave us a lot to think about than the usual summer fare provides. Moviegoers who head to the (more accessible) The End Of The Tour will be rewarded as well.
Simply put: The movie is a great conversation; you’re sure to have many after.
Award potential: Jason Segel surprises in this role. He should start his Best Supporting Actor campaign now.
The ten buck review: Worth ten bucks.