“The Sense of an Ending,” for all intents and purposes, is a misguided mess. Oscar nominee Jim Broadbent (“Iris,” “Paddington,” “Gangs of New York”) portrays an elderly former college student who looks back on his life and realizes the mistakes he made as a twenty-something.
His character, Tony Webster, is a person who follows a strict routine. He wakes up at 7 a.m., eats breakfast and starts his day. He runs a specialty shot that deals in old vintage cameras.
Webster is old school in that he is one of the few people left in the world who still writes letters. His daughter, Susie (Michelle Dockery), catches him up to the 21st century when she buys him a cellphone because she is pregnant and needs his help.
Also important to the plot is Webster’s dealings with his ex-wife Margaret (Harriet Walter), who accuses him of being a stalker when she discovers that he’s back with his old flame Veronica (Charlotte Rampling). There are numerous subplots that include a classmate’s suicide and elements of death that are confusing to the storyline.
“The Sense of an Ending” is not awful per se, but it’s a confusing and plodding tale that is as average as a movie can get.