A Ghost Story is a 2017 drama film directed by David Lowery. It stars Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara and Will Oldham. The film is about C, a ghost who follows around his former partner M through her process of mourning. He experiences life after death before his very eyes, giving him new answers to the meaning of time, space, life and love as we know it.
Fortunately, I didn’t hate the film. Unfortunately, I didn’t like it either. I was, at the end of the day, disappointed. The film almost seems so self-indulgent it felt like a Terrence Malick baby project, except a little better. ***POSITIVES*** CINEMATOGRAPHY: This film looks perfect. The framing is perfect, the colors are perfect, the movement is perfect and everything as a whole just looks so darn aesthetically beautiful. The work done here by cinematographer Andrew Doz Palermo deserves some real recognition.
SCORE: Daniel Hart, the composer for the film does an excellent job with the score. It is emotional, raw and honestly fitting to what the film is trying to accomplish. ***NEGATIVES*** PLOT: At the end of the day, where is the substance in A Ghost Story. Where is the motive. Where is the character development. Where is the build up and where is the payoff. For the most part, we drift from scene to scene and we sort of stare at the film like an artpiece on the wall. Some will get it, some won’t.
PRETENTIOUSNESS: I feel that the film tried to play too much with style that it forgot all about substance; the heart of the film. Why should we care about these characters and why should we care about the film. I couldn’t care about either. The film plays around with time travel and the space-time continium; the relationship between science time and whatsoever throughout, and I felt that it should have spent more time on it’s characters and making the audience really care about the film.
Worth it?: 2.5/5
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Good movie, but overrated. Solid 8/10. What would you rate it out of 10? Comment below.
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