2015 Summer Movie Review: The End of the Tour

David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) interviews David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) in Sundance's big hit "The End of the Tour"

David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) interviews David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) in Sundance’s big hit “The End of the Tour”

Movies about conversations are a breath of fresh air. Particularly in the summer full of huge blockbusters with explosions. The End of the Tour, a big hit from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is no exception. After starring as Marshall in the television show How I Met Your Mother, Jason Segel takes a dramatic turn as the late author David Foster Wallace, whose publication of his 1,000+ page novel Infinite Jest, made him a public figure. Despite rave reviews, very few people finished his book. The main focus is his complex yet compelling friendship with David Lipsky (played to damn near perfection by Jesse Eisenberg), a Rolling Stone reporter assigned to interview him after realizing there were no profiles on authors. They spend five days together having series of fascinating conversations, stopping at Illinois State University in Bloomington, Minneapolis for Wallace’s last stop of his book tour (hence the title), and the Mall of America. Through James Ponsoldt’s amazing direction and Donald Marguiles’ magnificent screenplay, this is a conversation that I never wanted to end.

4/4