Ultimately, what I like about Endings, Beginnings is how the film is essentially a character study of Daphne. It’s not one of those relationships stories where the protagonist is soured by bad relationships, but one where the protagonist is also the antagonist and how her behavior and life events have her stuck on a hamster wheel of dysfunction.
The movie plays out like a slice of life drama—very low key. Events just unfold before you and as likable as Daphne is at the start, you see just how much she sabotages her life in small, seemingly, harmless ways. We’re witnessing millennial problems (they just don’t know it). There is a great deal of texting in the film and instead use the phone fonts, we’re all so used to, director Libaire stylizes the font, and the result is excellent. I wish all movies in the future do it as he did.
“…see just how much she sabotages her life in small, seemingly, harmless ways.”
What Endings, Beginnings has going for itself is fantastic performance specifically from Woolley, even if she’s dead-on perfect portraying a typical millennial. She more than carries the entire film along with Stan and Dorman. It’s also a joy to see Wendie Malik show up. She not only nails the mother character, but her role is so vital in the end. Her character of Sue is flawed similarly to Daphne, but she is a few years ahead of her daughter in terms of having her life pulled together.
In the end, I enjoyed Endings, Beginnings much more than I thought I would. It’s not mind-blowing or overly dramatic. It is a simple story about someone who quite frankly could be you or anyone of your friends. It may even serve as an eye-opening moment in one’s life.
"…we're witnessing millennial problems (they just don't know it)."