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Movie Review – A Ghost Story

 

Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is the fantasy/drama film A Ghost Story.

The film star Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.

This is NOT a horror movie. I repeat – this is NOT a horror movie. When I first saw the poster for the film (see above) I honesty thought it was a horror movie about a ghost. It wasn’t until I saw the first trailer for the film that I realized it’s much more deeper than a silly old horror flick.

If I had to sum up this film in just a few words I’d use “unique,” “interesting,” “thought-provoking,”and “weird.”

Affleck and Rooney’s characters are simply known by letters, “C” and “M.”

The couple live together in a little house. You can tell they are deeply in love.

Sadly, “C” is killed in a car accident. You would think that was the end of the story… but it’s only the beginning. “C” lives on in another dimension. He is now seen as a ghost, or rather a man with a sheet over his head and eye holes cut out. He doesn’t say a word. He simply drifts about, observing life going on without him.

“C” witnesses “M” going through the grieving process. Eventually “M” moves out of the couple’s home, but “C” seems to be confined to haunting their home for the rest of eternity.

New people move in and out of “C’s” home. He never interacts with them (after all, he’s a ghost now). He simply wanders about and observes others living life.

The question is… will “C” remain bound to his home for eternity? Is there something holding “C” here on Earth? Will he ever be able to pass on and leave this world once and for all? To find the answers to these puzzling questions you’ll need to pick up (or download) a copy of A Ghost Story. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

 

I’m not going to lie. This film will leave you scratching your head, just trying to absorb what you just saw and figure out what to make of it. I need to watch the film for a second time to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

This is truly a film to make you think. It’s entertaining to some degree, but more so it’s a movie that will stay on your mind for hours (or days) after you watch it, trying to make sense of it all (I would think that would be considered a good thing in a way).

A Ghost Story reminds me of an independent, artsy kind of film. I honestly don’t know how well it did in theaters (I never hard much about it). It reminds me of a film you’d only find in art cafes or film festivals and not in a regular movie theater.

I did enjoy the film, even though I am still trying to digest it all.

I think I would have enjoyed it more if Affleck looked like himself throughout the film and not run around in what resembled a cheap Halloween costume. The sight of Affleck as the ghost threw me off. It’s almost comical in a way. The ghost is certainly not scary. I also don’t think he was meant to be that way.

I’m sure there are plenty of deep undertones in this film that I have yet to touch upon. Thoughts about the meaning of life, living your life, how to get past grief, how deep does love really run and a million other ideas run through my mind.

This is the kind of film that each person will take something away from it different than other people. What I “see” in the film might be different than what you “see” in the movie.

There are some bonus features. The featurette, A Ghost Story and the Inevitable Passing of Time is worth checking out. There are also some deleted scenes and audio commentary (I didn’t check out the commentary).

Below is the trailer for our enjoyment. Please note that it’s the theatrical trailer. The film is available for home viewing.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

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