A Ghost Story: Stream Of Consciousness On The Movie

Well, ” A Ghost Story” was different, I’ll give it that.

A disclaimer; this isn’t a movie review but as the title says, a “stream of consciousness.”

Aside from any personal opinion of the movie, “A Ghost Story” isn’t scary, but it is spooky in its own way.  And that’s why we are talking about it.

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a movie quite like “A Ghost Story.” For one thing, most movies are actually edited. Ok, this one was to at points, but the first third I’d say left me wondering if the director was aware of the profession of film editor.

I was often confused, not to confuse that with my natural state of confusion. I’m pretty sure the ghost was confused also. And therein lies the actual interesting main idea of the movie, at least in my view.

The recently departed was seemingly very confused about his situation.  Much like the kid said in the “The Sixth Sense” the ghost didn’t seem to understand he was dead or what was happening.

My interpretation too was the movie was saying in the spirit world, time moves differently. Years and decades can pass at a seeming instant. Time is also not linear but a convergence of the past, present and future.

That part is done well, as is the best scene in the movie, when the ghost makes his presence known to the family now living in the home he once shared with his wife before he was killed in a car accident.

Now it’s not to say “A Ghost Story” doesn’t have it’s moments, or I guess for me, it’s “moment” as in singular.

A cursory look online seems to indicated the movie was well received by audiences and critics alike, so I was in the minority. Still though, it only made $1.9 million at the box office, but it’s budget was only $100,000 so that’s a pretty good return. Check out its Wikipedia and IMDB page.

Maybe “A Ghost Story” was too deep for me. Or maybe, like its ghost parading around under a sheet, the movie wanted you to think there was more to it than there was.

And just like that, poof, and it was over. If you’ve seen it or when you do, you’ll understand my meaning.

Leave us a comment and let us know what you think about “A Ghost Story.”

A Ghost Story 1

Bewildered, and, Boo!




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