Absolutely a philosophical, ethical and stylistic dead-end, but you've never before seen this particular dead-end explored with such exacting forensic detail! It's an incredibly morbid film, almost to the point of making you feel ill yourself while watching it, but it is scrupulously honest and funny in a queasy, wrenching way. Kind of like if 'Being John Malkovich' wasn't fun.
2.5 Crazy how Kaufman is a talented writer with nothing interesting to say who is always writing movies with self insert leads who are writers with nothing interesting to say yet he still somehow doesn't have enough self awareness to not write movies that try to be about all of existence.
What was once before you - an exciting, mysterious future - is now behind you. Lived; understood; disappointing. You realize you are not special. You have struggled into existence, and are now slipping silently out of it. This is everyone's experience. Every single one. The specifics hardly matter. Everyone's everyone.
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!