As a purely audio-visual experience A GHOST STORY is pretty much beyond reproach, however, upon close inspection, and though it touches on weighty subject matter, it reveals itself as something facile; it is a hollow schematic, and the conceptual eddy it gets trapped in at the end exacerbates the problem. I will concede that I have certainly never seen this movie before, and that ain't no small thang.
One of the year's best. Contemplative and engrossing film that one will keep reflecting on long after watched. The passing of time and the futility of existence are weighed against the precious moments that make us human and connect us to something bigger than ourselves. Lowery's script might seem a simple conceit but its the undertone and muted emotion that makes this shine.
Even if you're like me, and don't fully understand all the sweeping existentialism behind A Ghost Story's premise, you feel it and that's what really counts. Largely silent but not bereft of the details embedded in mundane life, David Lowery's moving new film haunts deeper than any ghost story of recent time because, if you're not careful, even vulnerable, you might emerge more introspective and aware of yourself.
Starts out slower than a Romanian new-wave piece, bordering on tedium but slowly shifts and morphs into a haunting formalist philosophical study. The 4:3 cinematography is superb and Lowrey keeps us always wondering 'where next?'. It's minimalism is full of substance that lingers long after the credits and there's a great cameo from Will Oldham too. 4 stars
Our lives are small but remarkable. The more I think about this film the more I love it, so I'll definitely need to revisit and watch again in a couple weeks. It really takes its time, the whole hour and a half actually seems to stretch before you, so stay patient. It's worth it.
I cannot wait to see this again. Something tells me with repeat viewings, I may end up giving this 5 stars. This is an incredibly simple yet deeply complex film about the cycle of life. The 4:3 aspect ratio creates a timeless feel along with shooting on 16mm. The less I say about the film, the better. There are moments that echo Mallick - as does most of Lowery's work - which is a major compliment. See it again.
I love watching people do average things. But the first half of the movie w/ rooney Mara sucked. EX: the pie eating scene.Mara is generally an uninteresting screen presence, and her attempts at profundinity, anger, sadness, and frustration with the unvarying movements of her fork to mouth failed by making what could been great into something bad.