Cert: 15 Runtime: 87 mins Director: David Lowery Cast: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Will Oldham, Sonia Acevedo, Rob Zabrecky and Liz Franke
A writer writes a novel, a songwriter writes a song, we do what we can to endure
God bless Pete’s Dragon if it wasn’t for you David Lowery wouldn’t have made A Ghost Story! Probably one of my most anticipated films for this year I have been lucky enough to watch it early. Widely loved at Sundance this year it was bound to fall into my lap. David Lowery has teamed up with Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (which I liked). A Ghost Story seemed like a natural progression from this. So what is A Ghost Story about? Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state, he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence.
All hail that Pie scene, could of watched it all day. This film is everything I wanted it to be and more! Thematically it’s on point, we go through emotions and feelings that general life hits us. It shows how love and time intertwine, and how we do leave a legacy even after we are gone on our loved ones.It gripped me from beginning to end. It felt like a Victorian tale but with a darker modern twist. Lowery’s use of light is just magical, the natural aesthetic of A Ghost Story makes it even more beautiful. It’s a very basic tale but it has so much blood flowing through it’s veins. Lowery really has created something so unique and different it has re-established my faith in film-making. As for Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara they pair up well together again and give a good performance. It had a hint of Malick to it, but this is truly a David Lowery film. I really have nothing else I can say about it! It’s heartwarming and unforgettable.