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Plot: In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife. Runtime: 92 mins Release Date: 27 Jul 2017
A Mind-Alteringly Realistic Depiction Of Human Life (by kjproulx)
This movie is simultaneously not for everyone, while also trying to demand everyone's attention. That statement may confuse some people, so please listen closely if you're intrigued, because this review if going to be about me gushing on how incredible this film is. Whole critics seem to general love this film, average moviegoers seem to be pretty divisive on this film in retrospect. Personally, I completely see how many would be bored or turned off by this film, so whether or not you like this film is up to you. Personally, this film opened my mind in ways I wasn't expecting and <more>
I found myself in a state of transfixion when the credits began to role. So, this review will definitely lean heavily on a recommendation to everyone, but please be advised that the film itself is absolutely not for everyone. Now that I have that out of the way, let's dive in. As a couple is about to move out of their first house onto bigger and better things, the husband Casey Affleck dies in a tragic accident. The film then follows the wife Rooney Mara as she copes with her loss. The husband returns in ghost form, walking around the halls of the house, watching her every move, stating that people really do watch over us after they die. This premise is fantastic, but the visuals themselves and the way the movie is constructed is what I feel may turn many people off. Coming off cheap by literally having the husband dressed in a bed sheet, the movie may seem cheesy to some, but that's not the point of it at all. From long takes of people sitting alone in a room to time travel in order to open viewers mind's, this movie takes many risks, but I think they are all genius in their own right if you're in the proper mood when watching this film. Going from many short films, to independent features, to a big blockbuster in last year's Pete's Dragon, director David Lowrey has been all over the business, so it was pretty clear that this was a passion project for him, and that the amount of viewers this film gained didn't matter to him in the slightest. I think this was the best way to make a movie like this, because only the most hardcore film fans will probably discover it, which is where I feel it's best suited anyways. There is so much symbolism about the meaning of life and which aspects of it really matter the most, but I feel as though many viewers won't catch on. Once again, if you're in the right mindset and are open to literally anything, then I believe you'll have the same reaction to this film that I did. Many viewers like being able to relate to a character when they speak to someone and open up about themselves, but this film is very far from anything like that. There are stretches of the film that can last up to 30 minutes without a single word being spoken, leaving it up to your interpretation on how they're feeling or what they're thinking. This is a very lonely-feeling film that you need to be relaxed and open-minded about. In my opinion, when a film can show you a piece of imagery and have you understand what a character is going through, what they're thinking, all while giving you a sincere look at our planet as a whole, when it's accomplishing everything it set out to do, and then some. Simply put, sometimes showing things to an audience is much more powerful than having it explained. In the end, A Ghost Story is strangely enough one of the most powerful experiences you'll be able to see an all of 2017. Now, there isn't much dialogue, so you really have to pay attention and think about every piece of imagery, but if you're willing to do that, then I believe you will have a terrific experience as well. If you're not into this film after the first 10-20 minutes then you're either not in the right mindset or it's just not for you, which I completely understand. Many people will hate this movie, but I believe the message itself is worth waiting for alone. A Ghost Story is easily one of my favourite films of the year and I can't wait to watch it multiple times
This movie is great at everything it does (by valenngames)
Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara are probably the most cute and realistic couple I have ever seen.This is a very weird movie. It starts very slow and you don't really understand why, but as the movie goes you realize that it is not only about mourning, it is also about human existence and genuine love.Few movies has made me cry in only 10 minutes.
A FILM MADE ONLY FOR INTELIGENT AND ARTISTIC SOULS (by emiliafineart)
Definitely if you are into american action, horror films full of visual effects, this is not for you.Deeply moving, involving in the sense of solitude and the ambiguity dream like sense of time.Lot of stupid people that didnt have the hability to understand this movie rating this movie here.
A thought provoking reflection on grief, regret, love and the many mysteries of life (by tomfry-10237)
David Lowery's 'A Ghost Story' is a masterfully crafted, heartbreaking and powerful reflection on life. It conveys to us pain, happiness, regret and so much more through mesmerising cinematography from Andrew Droz Palermo, as well as symbolic Mise en Scene in replacement for the traditional extensive pages of dialogue. It takes the staple rule of show and don't tell, and executes it impeccably.The film tells the story of a couple portrayed by Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck referred to as M and C respectively, reinforcing how the film seems to be striving to convey a message <more>
about life and humanity over having a traditional narrative, as none of the characters have true names, only titles e.g. 'Man in wheelchair' . The pair live together and have a comfortable life together despite the occasional turbulence; however, tragedy strikes the couple when C passes away in a car crash, before returning as a Halloween- esque white sheet clad ghost, in order to try and reconnect with his grieving partner.The simplistic, almost cartoonish ghost portrayed by Academy Award winner Casey Affleck, despite acting as protagonist in nature, here simply acts as a vessel for the audience to witness grief, regret and pain accompanying death, with the narrative focusing more on exploring primal human emotion through the eyes of Affleck than delivering a traditional story. This is complemented by the framing of the film which has the audience view the film as if looking through a window almost, looking in on someone else's life, evoking sympathy as we can clearly witness the pain of the characters unfiltered.Personally I appreciated the bravery shown here in the filmmakers taking this opportunity to paint a portrait of human nature. However, this is likely to turn some people away as the film is an art house film in the most literal sense. It is a reflection, a message. It tells the audience to live life to the full, but it does so through great performances and masterful cinematic technique instead of expositional dialogue, taking its time to convey these messages, which could lead to some becoming bored. However, the true beauty and magic of this film is how masterfully it conveys emotion through cinematic language. For an example, there is a cross cut in the film which reverts back and forth to the original shot, and in which the same thing is happening in both shots, yet through the use of contrasting colour and cinematography two completely different emotions are evoked in the audience. It truly is mesmerising. In conclusion, I believe that this truly is an incredible piece of work. From the masterful utilisation of its score and cinematography to a quiet yet striking performance by Rooney Mara, David Lowery has crafted a reflection on the highs and lows of life that has you mesmerised for the entire run time, and doesn't leave your mind long after.
It's just beautifully made, first a strange atmosphere, playful too, you think of some kind of arty "Ghost" but then it goes somewhere else, it becomes philosophical, a tale about time and human kind, and it becomes more and more impressive, astonishing. I see a lot of movies but this one I was really happy to have seen, to know that it exists. It will stay.
Subtle, Contemplative, and Short (by jack-mahoney-141)
I was worried it was going to be pretentious goop. BUT IT SUBVERTED MY EXPECTATIONS. Doesn't ram anything down your throat, keeps you engaged. Watch it alone and think.
A Bold, Powerful and Beautiful Film (by trublu215)
A Ghost Story marks David Lowry's return to cinema since his 2013 indie hit "Ain't Them Bodies Saints". Telling the story of a young couple Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara who buy a home and plan to start a life together in it until tragedy strikes. The Man suddenly dies and leaves the wife to fend for herself and build a life in the house by herself instead of with the man she loves. All while she is going through this in reality, the Man begins to haunt the home in a classical white sheet donning way. Throughout the years of being trapped to haunt this home, The Ghost also <more>
has to witness the love of his past life continue on without him and experience the moments of life without him. It is a beautiful and heart wrenching film that delves deeper into what grief does to not only a person but to a ghost.Whether you believe in an after life or not, A Ghost Story isn't worried about your beliefs. It plays out like a fantasy and that's how it stays which really bodes well for it. It never reaches beyond what is happening with the Man and the Woman and, of course, the House which becomes a character in and of itself . David Lowry does a great job at setting up a "what if" scenario that all you can do is ask yourself, "what would I do in this situation?" The scariest part of that is there is literally nothing you can do. That rationalization is probably scarier than most horror films out today. The film itself is a very digestible 90 minutes which is of a perfect length for this film because it doesn't go overboard and forget what it is. It's a horror film that is light on scares but heavy on thoughts and brains. There's no real scares. The big scare is putting yourself in the shoes of the ghost. What would you do if you had to witness your loved one go through grief and you couldn't do anything about it? You couldn't comfort them. You couldn't hold them. You could just watch. What if the person you loved moved on from you? What if they forget you? These questions are what made A Ghost Story scary for me. The level of helplessness that the film portrays is horrifying enough to remind audiences that death is still scary.Overall, the film is an experimental ghost story that shows Lowry in top form both as a writer and a director. The crass nature of reality is that death is lonely and he captures that perfectly. While many who take a look at the poster will certainly think that the film is just another horror movie trying to capitalize on some paranormal money, A Ghost Story is much more than that. It is beautiful to watch, heart wrenching to experience and an absolute delight cinematically.
A wonderfully hypnotic and philosophical film exploring the enormity of life (by williammjeffery)
The exploration of the enormity of life when a recently deceased ghost returns to his house to try and reconnect with his wife. Made on a shoe string and in secret, it is a hypnotic observation of life and time after we die and it achieves to visually convey the psychological weight of certain death and that life will continue once we're gone. The people sitting next to me left the cinema about 20 minutes in because it is indeed a very slow moving film and I can understand why they left but that's the point of the film. Life is not a highlights reel, and this film achieves to show its <more>
enormity through legacy, love and loss. It is philosophical, psychological and extremely poetic. A wonderfully strange film.
What a powerful and sad movie. I read in a review that the movie has no story at all, but it is exactly the opposite of that. This movie transpires stories, it is about stories. A Ghost Story is pure art, a beautiful well done movie that i will remember. Just watch!8.2/10