The Ghost Writer

The Ghost Writer

What she said:


The Ghost Writer was a pretty good movie. I'll forever feel guilty for liking it because it was made by Roman Polanski, and because it seems kinda un-American, but it was actually pretty good. Ewan McGregor puts in a solid performance as a ghost writer hired to put together a former British prime minister's memoirs. Of course, there's more to the PMs story than meets the eye. There's lots of scandal, corruption, and a murder involved.

It's fun to watch McGregor get to the bottom of things. It wasn't until the credits that we realized that his character didn't even have a name, but you probably won't notice that. As I watched the movie, I was at times surprised that I wasn't bored. It's takes place in winter at Cape Cod, and so it's gray, rainy, and windy the whole time - not exactly visually interesting stuff. But just enough happens to keep you compelled.

The movie makes you think, but also won't make your brain hurt. I was concerned that this would be one of those flicks where you are chained to your seat and can't even get up to use the bathroom or you'll miss something. Well, I'll tell you I successfully got up and raided the kitchen twice during our screening, and still figured out what was going on. I was overall pretty pleased with this film. Not a "movie of the year" contender, but also not too bad.

Diagnosis: Thumbs up.

What he said:


I had a hunch that not many people actually rate this movie based on the film itself, but rather its political leanings (and their own as well). I quickly combed Facebook and some other sites for some reviews and feel like my hunch was somewhat accurate. It would seem people's like/dislike of the previous administration was basis for their opinion of this movie. I've seen many "garbage" or "absolutely brilliant" type of comments.

I am usually pretty objective with my politics and feel like that's the only way to look at movie such as this. That being said, even I at times felt the movie was a little too blatant with some of its commentary. Conspiracy theories are fun, but they often border on absurd. It felt like a bit of a reach, especially since it billed itself as a serious drama.

The acting was there this movie really shined. Pierce Brosnan was great as the well-meaning, but not so bright former Prime Minister of Britain. Like all politicians, he has some skeletons in his closet.

Olivia Williams was great as his moody, eccentric wife who has a few secrets of his own.

Ewan McGregor was also quite good as the film's protagonist. Though, at times, the character didn't seem as nervous as he should have been in a situation like that. Though I suspect he was written that way, so it was probably not anything he really did wrong. I noticed his character shared a similar nonchalant demeanor to Johnny Depp's character in The Ninth Gate (also a Polanski film).

Kim Cattrall was brutal imo. First of all, don't hire an American actor to do a British accent in a movie with an almost entirely British cast. That is just a bad judgment call. Luckily she wasn't a major character, so she didn't detract from the film in any major way.

A word of warning though, this is not a nail-biting suspense film. The Fugitive it is not. It is a much slower pace and if that bothers you, you may want to avoid it.

Rating: Thumbs up.