Think of the strangest film you’ve ever seen and times that by ten and you might get somewhere close to the bizarre movie that is, Synecdoche, New York.
Directed by Charlie Kaufman and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman (Caden), Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener, Emily Watson, Dianne Wiest and Jennifer Jason Leigh, the movie is about a man who builds a life-size part of New York and lives there along with his actors who all play out his life. It’s probably no surprise to you when I tell you that Kaufman has previously written Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless
The set design is truly spectacular. I haven’t yet worked out if the movie was shot on set or on-location in New York. Either way, the set design was amazing and the scope of the project that Caden (Seymour Hoffman) creates is realised in Kaufmann’s head, let alone in ours.
Seymour Hoffman puts in an amazing performance but then again, when doesn’t he? The supporting cast are magnificent, especially Emily Watson, Michelle Williams, Samantha Morton and Tom Noonan, who I’ve not seen in a movie since he appeared as the grim reaper in Last Action hero back in 1993! Love that movie! Probably because it’s more my intellectual level! All of the casting was great with no one spoiling the film, however I did get a bit lost with all the new
I’m still not entirely sure what happened in Synecdoche but that doesn’t spoil it. I’m glad I saw it as i think it’s one of those movies you can recommend to your friends just so you can discuss it and hope they might be able to tell you what exactly what was going on! Please, if someone does understand it, can they let me know!