What is it about?
David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) is a reporter for “Rolling Stone” and he gets an assignment to interview a critically acclaimed writer, David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), whose legendary novel “The Infinite Jest” has just been released.
The two of them embark on a road trip and spend 5 days together as Wallace is finishing his book tour. On the road, they get to know each other and we get an insight into the brilliant mind of David Foster Wallace.
Who should watch it?
People who want to see a movie and learn about David Foster Wallace and people who like a movie that almost feels like a documentary. The plot is almost non-existent, as the two main characters just drive around and talk, so if you are looking for something else, you might not going to like that.
What can I expect from this movie?
Will I laugh?
The movie is not a comedy per say, but it does have that warm feeling of a humorous drama with some witty observations about life and people.
Will I learn anything from this movie?
Yes. David Foster Wallace was a true literary giant, most likely way ahead of his time. He was also a tormented soul whose bare existence was too hard for him to handle. Oh, and apparently, Jason Segel can do some serious, non-ridiculous roles. That’s good to know.
Is it based on something?
It’s based on true events that took place in 1996 which were described in Lipsky’s book “Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace.”
Is this movie a must-see?
Only if you are a fan of David Foster Wallace’s work.
Similar movies like “The End of the Tour”?
To be recommended.
“The End of the Tour” is a great movie to see. I wouldn’t call the movie itself brilliant because let’s face it, it’s just two guys driving around and talking about stuff and it’s all based on real events, but Wallace himself and his observations about various aspects of life are pretty close to brilliant.
The way he remained modest despite being a major literary star and despite the fact that his name will be on the front of “Rolling Stone” is simply astonishing. His conversation with David Lipsky did not get boring, not even for a second. I could watch these two talking about everyday stuff for hours.
And that’s why this movie works: The two main characters are not dull and everything they have to say is pretty fucking interesting and insightful. That’s very important for a movie that doesn’t have anything else going on.
I give it 8/10.