The movie wants to be more than it can deliver. The second half got cringy and overdrawn. It got "meta" in the wrong way, it tangled in itself and I know they were going for a "mind fuck" effect, but for me that was just cheap and sugary. When you want to say something big and profound, you need elegance and grace, you can't do it with tendrils of repeated, exaggerated dramas and with conveyor belt emotions.
I haven't read its synopsis when I was watching this movie. I watched it because there's Charlie Kaufman's name in it. It turned out - this movie was full of surprises. SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK is mindblowing. Director Charlie Kaufman builds a very unique world in his directorial debut. I think no one able to capture loss and sadness like he did. He made them very interesting. SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK is worth watching!
Very ambitious (much like the main character's play) but also very centered around its overly complicated symbolisms. I appreciate and understand all of what Kauffman was trying to express, but this movie feels like a projection of his worst personal traits: overly anxious, overly complicated and - most importantly - not captivating in any way.
If a madman wields a paint brush, firmly, head like an arrow you get a squared masterpiece. If a madman wields the bucket he will paint the walls. This is an exercise on miss-communication, death, life, whatever the fuck you want. To make of the surreal a canvas of unconscious consciousness is to make ideology the idea of fact. Symbolism is to strengthen the idea of the art not to make the art the idea.
one of the most uncomfortable and unglamorous films you'll ever see. but it's my favorite film. Kaufman struggles to work now because of this film, it did not go down well with the majority. but it's hysterical and profound and hideous. there's nothing like it. one of the best scripts ever written. phillip seymour hoffman's best role too.