"Too Slow and Uninvolving"
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A GHOST STORY is a slow-paced movie with hardly any dialogue. Many of the shots are drawn out and should have been shortened. The plotline isn’t clear, and the movie comes to no climactic resolution, much less a satisfying one. Despite its occult elements regarding ghosts, A GHOST STORY has a light Christian worldview implying God and Heaven are real. In the end, however, A GHOST STORY plays like a dull arthouse movie or a movie made by a film student.
(C, B, OO, L, V, S, N, AA, M) Light Christian, biblical worldview about God and the afterlife that refutes humanist existentialism (including a family prays in the Lord’s name), but the story involves a dead man, who’s ghost silently observes his wife in their home after his death; four one obscenities (including three “f” words, two of which are in a song), one profanity, woman vomits into toilet; ghost jumps off building, man is killed in car crash which is seen after the fact but not gruesome, and a family is killed, and the aftermath is seen; kissing, it is up in the air if the couple in the movie is married, but they do sleep together, woman and man not married seen entering a bedroom; woman is seen under sheets, but nothing is shown but her bare back, plus upper male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; no smoking or drug use; and, nothing else objectionable.
A GHOST STORY is a fantasy about a man who dies suddenly and watches silently as a ghost in a white sheet as his wife goes through the grief process and finally proceeds with her life. Despite its occult elements, A GHOST STORY has a light Christian, biblical worldview implying that God is real and that there’s an afterlife in Heaven awaiting us, but the movie is much too slow and lacks a solid plotline to drive the story in a compelling, entertaining direction.
M, played by Rooney Mara, and C, played by Casey Affleck, are in love and living in a 70s style house. M believes she hears things in the house that imply it’s haunted, but C doesn’t believe that and wants to remain living in the house. C is a musician who works in his study, while M works elsewhere.
One day C is out and gets in a car crash and dies suddenly. When M goes to visit his body, she can hardly take it, but puts the sheet over his head. Moments later, after M leaves, C wakes up in the sheet and starts walking around in it. No one seems to be responding to him, and he soon realizes he’s dead. A doorway to Heaven appears to him, but he walks away. Instead, he returns to the house, where M is grieving. She can’t see him there and eats the entire pie their landlord had left her.
M tries to go on with her life after the death of C. Though this is a challenge, one day she meets another man. She decides to move out of the house, but leaves a note for C inside the wall. Ever since that moment, C wants to get to the note and tries to scrape away the wall.
Another tenant moves into the house after M leaves, a Spanish speaking single mother with her children. C is saddened that M doesn’t live in the house any more, but looks out the window and sees another ghost in the next house. The two communicate and say they are waiting for someone to return home. The question is, will M ever return home, or will C be waiting in vain and continue silently haunting their house?
A GHOST STORY is a slow-paced movie with hardly any dialogue. Many of the shots are drawn out and should have been shortened. The plotline isn’t clear as to why the audience is waiting with a ghost, who can’t talk or participate with the world around him. In the end, the movie doesn’t resolve the plotline and leaves viewers still perplexed about what they just watched. The movie is excessively slow passed and lacks entertainment value, though the music and photography are well done. Overall, A GHOST STORY feels like a dull arthouse movie, or a movie made by a film student.
A GHOST STORY has a light Christian, biblical worldview trying to prove to humanists that the supernatural exists and that there’s a God and an afterlife. It includes a scene with the Lord’s Prayer and a scene refuting humanist existentialism. Though this is the case, the movie still contains an occult view of ghosts.