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The End of The Tour Review

Ryan Dolby August 28, 2015

The Reel Report saw this drama that stars Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg which to me is an extremely polarizing film. This movie is about a five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky(Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace(Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, ‘Infinite Jest.’ The dialogue and performances are strong in this film, especially Segels performance, but I feel that the film drags at times due to pacing issues. I found myself teetering on the edge of boredom throughout the film and I love dramas. The problem is that Wallace is a sublime character that doesn’t resonant with me. Now Eisenberg’s character is flawed but interesting, spends the whole movie prepping/taping conversations for this interview for Rolling Stone and since the whole plot of the movie is about this it’s aggravating that the audience doesn’t get to see what comes from it. There’s this competition of egos between the two Davids that is the most compelling thing about the movie, being that Eisenberg is an aspiring semi-established writer that wants nothing more than to have everything Segels character already has. Other than that though, this movie is so highly regarded that I came away pretty disappointed and wanting more.
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