Main Plot Points:
- A warm, winning road-trip movie that follows journalist David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) as he interviews legendary author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segal), The End of the Tour explores friendship, fame, and creative rivalry through two people on a journey that is as enjoyable as it is unforgettable.
What We Thought:
- The End of the Tour is a hard film to review. Not because it’s bad, far from it, but it’s pretty much one giant conversation between characters you might not be familiar with.
- I knew of David Foster Wallace, but to be honest, never read Infinite Jest. If you are a fan, you’ll definitely enjoy the movie. Even if you aren’t a fan or aren’t familiar with the characters, you should still like it because it’s a well made and well acted drama.
- Not knowing the whole story, I still found the film pretty fascinating. Jason Segel who plays Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg who plays Lipsky are both fantastic in their portrayals. Most people already know Eisenberg can be great, but it’s Segel that’s the surprise. Not that anyone thought he was a bad actor, but he’s known more for outlandish comedies.
- In this, Segel throws his hat into the ring as a comedic actor who can handle a dramatic turn. Robin Williams, Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, and Bill Murray have all turned in stellar dramatic performances and if Segel continues to sign on to movies like this, his name will go along with them.
- As for the film itself, it’s pretty much one long conversation between Eisenberg and Segel. Segel’s Wallace is on tour promoting his book with Eisenberg’s Lipsky following him around for Rolling Stone. It’s lots of back and forth dialogue with Segel never quite giving in and opening up to Eisenberg.
- What stands out to me about the film is that it shows every aspect of a writer’s personality. Wallace becomes a celebrity which he doesn’t understand how to control, but also at times plays with it. It shows his genius, his depression, his addiction, his longing to be liked yet won’t admit that’s what he wants. Creative types are introverts and Wallace was their king. At times you aren’t sure if he’s being honest or just stringing along Eisenberg because he’s smart enough to do it.
- The End of the Tour feels like a live action podcast or NPR discussion. The more you know about the characters, the more you’ll probably be interested, but you don’t need to know much to enjoy the film. It’s a character/dialogue driven narrative with two solid performances. Director James Ponsoldt continues his run of well made/well acted smaller films.
- Deleted Scenes
- Audio Commentary with Director James Ponsoldt, Writer Donald Margulies & Jesse Eisenberg
- A Conversation with Composer Danny Elfman
- Behind the Tour
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Jesse Eisenberg
- Jason Segel
- Director James Ponsoldt
Recommended if You Like:
- David Foster Wallace