Funnily enough, I was just thinking about The End of the Tour this morning. More than a month after I caught the film at the Independent Film Festival Boston (and gave it my first five-star review of 2015), James Ponsoldt’s elegiac retelling of the interview between author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) and Rolling Stone reporter Dave Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) is still echoing around my head, its meditations on the nature of celebrity and ephemerality of life continuing to warrant reflection.
Today brings the release of the first trailer for the pic, which A24 is bringing to theaters via a limited release in July. It provides just a sliver of the brilliant screenplay and well-observed performances on display throughout the pic, but if you want to get a sense of the movie’s somewhat melancholic tone, the trailer captures that pretty well.
I can’t say enough about how rewarding a watch The End of the Tour really is. Segel delivers an Oscar-worthy performance as Wallace, and the entire picture is a whole-hearted success from first frame to last. It’s one of the must-see movies of the summer season, and I have a feeling we’ll all be talking about it later in the year when top-ten lists start to dominate the news cycle. Check out a new poster below, and make sure you catch The End of the Tour when it opens July 31.