The End of the Tour (2015)
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This is a film made for fans of David Foster Wallace. If you have no interest in his work, or more importantly, how he was outside of his books, this one may bore you. On the other hand though, if you have a capacity for talky movies about philosophy, literature, and the philosophy of literature then this may be for you. Segel and Eisenberg both embrace their roles in a way that was necessary in order for the film to have any weight, and Segel's performance makes me eager to see him in more serious roles (not to discount Eisenberg but we all already know how good he can be). It will leaving you thinking afterward.
I thought Jessie Eisenberg was miscast but I enjoyed the film. Segel was fantastic.
I got more enjoyment out of End of the Tour than I otherwise would have because I watched it with a Bloomington girl who was friends with DFW during the 90s, and never even knew he was famous until I told her he was a few years ago! (As the movie makes clear, high lit "fame" is about a million times lamer than rock star or movie star fame.) She provided a custom commentary track throughout the movie on DFW and what was fiction (right down to the kind of car he drove. DFW bought her boyfriend's car).
Otherwise, though, despite Lipsky's claim that these were the "best conversations he ever had," I found Wallace's character to be a huge mid-West slacker bore. I have better conversations on the Internet almost every day.
I'll probably read Infinite Jest eventually, but this movie failed to install any enthusiasm for spending more time in DFW's head. I saw the best minds of my generation... and they weren't destroyed by B-movies, mega-malls, and Taco Bell.
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