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Film review: Synecdoche, New York

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Synecdoche, New York

Title: Synecdoche, New York
Released: 2008
Director: Charlie Kaufman
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams

Charlie Kaufman is arguably the most exciting, original, vital, and intelligent American screen writer around. His screenplays for films such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Being John Malkovich (1999) and Adaptation (2003) are some of the most innovative of the last decade. They were surreal and post-modern in nature. But they also were not so abstract as to lose their beautiful treatment in portraying and documenting aspects of the human condition. Themes like self-worth, relationships, conscience & conscientiousness, responsibility, art, modern life and (of course) love, crop up. And are dealt with in a thought-provoking and utterly original way. This was bolstered through the aesthetic of the most interesting directors of our day. Spike Jonze (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich) and Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). So, through unique and beautiful visual cinematic devices, Kaufman’s scripts came to life and played out in front of us like pieces of wonderful art. Then we come to Synecdoche, New York, Kaufman’s directorial debut. Continue reading