The End of the Tour is about the soul-sucking nature of the celebrity profile

The End of The Tour may be about David Foster Wallace, but James Ponsoldt’s (The Spectacular Now, Smashed) new film can’t be called a biopic. Its scope is more concentrated than that: a chronicle of a five-day interview between David Foster Wallace and reporter David Lipsky, on the final stop of his book tour for Infinite Jest. (Along with Selma, it makes one hopeful for a new, more considered class of biopic, in which the screenwriter doesn’t feel the need to tell their subject’s life story in order to relay what was remarkable about him or her.)

I left The End of the Tour feeling twin convictions far stronger than I usually have as the credits roll on a film. One: as Wallace, Jason Segel is really wonderful; sensitive and subtle, a…

Continue reading…

The Verge – All Posts

Leave a Comment