Movie Review: A GHOST STORY
A couple of warnings for you, up front. First off, A GHOST STORY is not a straight Horror movie. It might not be a Horror movie at all. Depends on how you choose to define the genre. It IS a ghost story, just as the title promises. It does have supernatural stuff. Otherwise, it’s an existentialist drama. Secondarily, it’s sad. Like, don’t watch it if you’re depressed, or are prone to getting depressed. And I’m gonna go ahead and add a third warning: It’s slow. Really slow, at times. It’s a deliberate slowness, not the result of incompetent filmmaking. But if you’re the type to be driven crazy waiting on something to happen, it will make you bananas. The intent is to make you feel antsy. It’s about setting the mood.
A young husband dies in an accident, and returns to the home he shared with his wife, where he has nothing to do but watch her. Eventually she moves away, leaving him there. Then he watches the new family who moves in. Then he frightens them and they move away, too. Eventually the house is torn down, and he’s still there, watching. A futuristic city grows up around the spot, and he’s still there. Then he learns that he can travel through time, so he goes into the past and watches the tragedies that happened on the spot where the house will eventually get built. He even gets to watch himself as a ghost, watching things happen there. It’s heady stuff and certainly not for everybody, but I found it brilliant. Sad, but brilliant. You have to wonder, if ghosts are real, is this what it is really like for them?