The End of the Tour (2015)
Full disclosure: I’ve never read Infinite Jest, nor anything else that David Foster Wallace has written. The more surprising it is that I can honestly say: I enjoyed The End of the Tour, a movie that’s “literally” about a writer interviewing and hanging out with the enigmatic bestseller author.
Literature buffs will know, of course, about David Foster Wallace’s recluse life and tragic death, but I never had much patience for movies about troubled geniuses. A lot of The End of the Tour is about writers’ angst and bruised male egos. Sounds awful, doesn’t it?
Well, I still liked it enough to keep watching, and I attribute that entirely to the lead actors’ convincing portrayals. I went into this knowing almost nothing about the real Wallace (played by Jason Segel) and never having heard of David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg). But I believe those characters, believe 100% that there are (or were) two people out there exactly like that, who interacted with each other in this same way. Watching this didn’t change my life (as Infinite Jest did for some), but I could relate. Sometimes movies are best when they feel like they could be part of your life.