Beyond time, beyond life & death, beyond love... there comes a film that shows these things as an art form and makes us think about it after the film ends. Very well-made & interesting, also reminds me of the great classic arthouse films I've seen because of its style & storytelling. Like a life-changing experience...
Agonizing and beautiful. It feels like a really artsy short, but I don't fault it for going for the feature length. I think that allowed Lowery to really branch it out and consider the central theme of "what matters"/Nihilism. A really thoughtful watch. In a weird way, the big monologue in the middle by Will Oldham is the only iffy point, and it's supposed to be the crux of the story. Easily one of my Top 10 of 2017.
A Ghost Story seemed to me like a huge unnecessary long music video with an overused theme of grief/depression with not a very mind-blowing moral of the story. I personally enjoy open ended stories, however this film took ‘open interpretations’ to another level- telling us nothing much.
Lowery needs the pretty faces in the lead roles, otherwise he'd just have Will Oldham be his lead like in 'Pioneer'. Luckily we don't have to see too much of that unlikable Affleck face. While there are comedic moments the movie doesn't really come together. The cinematography is gorgeous, but the pacing is all over the place. He doesn't know how to do a long take.
Discussing the 7th Seal, Ingmar Bergman exclaimed relief that people believed that the man whose face he painted white and adorned in black was death incarnate. Perhaps David Lowery's equivalent in Ghost Story is the audience believing Casey Affleck is a ghost and not a member of the KKK. Doesn't help that he only goes far enough back in time to naturalise white settlers as original inhabitants. (Cont. in comments)
This would have been a great short film, however as a feature the gimmick that the plot is based on grows very weak. Although it wins in using all the cinematography and editing tricks of contemporary european art film, this film left me feeling weirdly empty and very very tired.
My opinion is notably divided. I actually appreciate the idea of representing a ghost with a sheet but, in this case, I found this design to be conflicting with the grieving process' melancholic and moody tone here portrayed. It's sad to see such a moving tale not being shaped in a way compatible with is potential because it stayed with me. Nevertheless, it's a ghost story worth visiting.