THE END OF THE TOUR (transfer) review

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These “transfer” reviews are from when I only did reviews on my Facebook page back in 2015. Bare in mind when reading these, I didn’t have the same formula in my review writing that I do now, and my usual “who starred and who directed” information is completely absent, so everything “italicized” is new. With that said, enjoy this review from 2015.

Honestly, from the moment I saw the trailer, I was looking forward to this movie. Normally, I’m not a Jason Segel fan, but that’s because I’m not a fan of comedies. But this looked like a character that he was playing straight. Plus, Jesse Eisenberg, always a pleasure to see him on screen. In any case, it looked like it was going to be an interesting flick inside the mind of an artistic person, so I was on board.

Starring: Jason Segel (THE MUPPETS [2011] and I LOVE YOU, MAN [2009]) and Jesse Eisenberg (JUSTICE LEAGUE [2017], NOW YOU SEE ME 2 [2016], AMERICAN ULTRA [2015], and upcoming films THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE [2018] and RESISTANCE [2019])

Support: Joan Cusack (SNATCHED [2017], POPSTAR [2016], and upcoming films KLAUS [2019] and TOY STORY 4 [2019]), Anna Chlumsky (MY GIRL [1991]), Ron Livingston (TULLY [2018], LUCKY [2017], 5TH WAVE [2016], VACATION [2015], THE CONJURING [2013], and the upcoming HOLLY SLEPT OVER [2018]), and Mamie Gummer (RICKI AND THE FLASH [2015], and the upcoming OUT OF BLUE [2018])

Director: James Ponsoldt (THE CIRCLE [2017])
Writer: Donald Margulies
Composer: Danny Elfman (FIFTY SHADES FREED [2018], JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN [2016], GOOSEBUMPS [2015], and upcoming films DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT [2018] and THE GRINCH [2018])
Cinematographer: Jakob Ihre
Editor: Darris Navarro (THE LOVERS [2017] and TALLULAH [2016])

This is my honest opinion of: THE END OF THE TOUR


David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) is a writer for “Rolling Stones.” He’s gotten word that a writer named David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) is getting high praise for his new book. Requesting to do an article on the man, Lipsky gets permission from his boss and goes on a five-day tour with Wallace, to pick his brain, find the story that should be told. His editor in particular wants him to get the truth about a rumor that was flying around that Wallace was hooked on heroin. Problem is, Lipsky knows that Wallace is a gentle, delicate man and asking him about something so personal might be damaging and he doesn’t see it as worth it.


Out of all the current movies out right now, I think this was the one I was looking forward to most and I was not disappointed.

Again, not a fan of Segel usually, but his performance seemed honest and heart-warming. And you know what? That’s what I got, for the most part. Segel delivers a career-best performance. I’m not entirely sure what else can be said about it.

The thing that viewers should understand going in is that this is a straight-and-true character driven story. This isn’t a story about characters with grand motivations. This is a story about two men who give their take on fame, artistry, life, and their similar and differing perspectives on each subject matter. There’s no punches being thrown, there’s no loud screaming with a thousand F-bombs being dropped, it’s just two guys talking and sharing their ideas, bonding and debating. I’m no philosophy major or anything, not even particularly well-educated in general, but everything the Davids say is interesting and can even be thought-provoking at times.

I suppose if there’s any real problems with the story, it would be, ironically, the conflict between the two men. I guess it would be boring to just tell a story that was essentially the two of them paling around, but some of the drama that ignites between the two seems to just come out of nowhere. These two female characters enter the story and go into their history with Wallace. One of them, Wallace used to date in college. Not long after, while he’s busy signing books, Lipsky is chatting away with the two ladies and Wallace keeps looking over at him talking to them and… for some reason is incredibly jealous. He even confronts him about it at one point and tells him to stay away from the one he used to date. Er… why do you care, dude? The story doesn’t really give us any real insight on their relationship, so it just looks like Wallace is being jealous because… the story demands conflict between the two leads. Does that make the two ladies tools? Their sole function only seems to be just that; create tension between Wallace and Lipsky. It also feels incredibly out of place for the character of Wallace too. Maybe that’s actually how he was and maybe that’s all we will ever know about that situation (provided it actually happened), but for such a worldly kind of guy, it seems so petty to have random bursts of jealousy like that for no reason that’s explored or even properly explained.











But this can quickly be forgiven toward the end when Lipsky tries to get Wallace to explain that rumor. Segel delivers probably one of the most quietly intense and vulnerable performance I have ever seen him give. You clearly see his outrage, his struggle, his regrets are all laid out plain as day, yet he is completely unapologetic about who he is. There may not be a lot of build-up to this moment, but it’s a moment that is spectacular when it happens.











Another minor gripe I have is… well, more of a branch-out of my previous issues; out-of-nowhere drama. Lipsky’s… wife? Girlfriend? I don’t remember who exactly she was, but she’s a big fan of Wallace. There’s a scene in which the two converse over the phone. It is implied in the next scene that they spoke for half an hour. The scene involves Lipsky talking to his wife and getting angry over how long the two of them talk. Again, why? We get absolutely no indication of any insecurities that these two men have, at least not regarding jealousy. Once again, these emotional avenues are included specifically for the purpose of creating tension between the characters. It’s not organic to the characters or story. It’s like someone making you a peanut butter sandwich. The bread pops out of the toaster and the person begins spreading that creamy peanut butter on the bread (and now I really want a peanut butter sandwich), but then decides to grab a jar of peanuts and sprinkle some in the sandwich. Um… chunky peanut butter exists. You should have gotten that instead of weirdly adding something that isn’t naturally part of the sandwich. The tension in this movie just feels incredibly out of place and… well, lazy.

Let me be clear, as many issues that I may have with this movie, they’re small issues that don’t weigh down the overall insightful feel and intelligent writing that overpowers the awkward tension woven in. It’s a really good movie, in my opinion.

I honestly couldn’t say if I could recommend this movie to many people. It can definitely be considered boring if you’re expecting something bigger and more dramatic. The drama is there, but it’s played pretty low-key. If you’re looking for something like that, this movie probably isn’t for you. But if you’re a person who values good characters, easy-going movies with a lot of insight into life in general, I might say give this a watch.

My honest rating for THE END OF THE TOUR: 4/5


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