Reminded me of Shutter Island in tone, and also in that it's an exercise in mediocrity by a master director, a guy who can make average into good. The cast is awesome and highlighted by perfect lighting. The script is of professionally high quality, but there is something lacking. It is only moderately interesting to watch The Ghost Writer's mystery unfold. I didn't entirely care about the formulaic twisting plot, and would have liked to see more substantial and original character drama.
So we watch a preview and then another one starts and it's this ferry approaching the screen, and it's taking its time in setting up the scene and I'm thinking, "This is the best preview I've seen in years. I'm dying to know what this movie is about." And then three minutes later I realize the movie has started and it's Ghost Writer. It never got up to that initial mistaken preview sense of glee, so it was a bit of letdown.
Super altmodischer Thriller, der aber keinesfalls altbacken daher kommt. Clevere Geschichte, interessante Charaktere, fantatstische Bilder und eine Atmosphäre, die einem Kammerspiel gleicht. Ein Politthriller, der sich endlich einmal ein wenig selbst zurück nimmt, ohne träge zu wirken. Weniger ist eben wirklich manchmal mehr.
Neben dem tollen Brosnan trumpft Ewan McGregor auf: Er gibt den unvermittelt in den Mittelpunkt geworfenen, paranoid werdenden Ghostwriter unnachahmlich real.
Instant classic thriller; CHINATOWN's storytelling savvy meets TENANT's sensibilities. Entire cast is explosive (from unusually fine and multi-faceted Brosnan, to the mad old man Wallach). Wilkinson, displaying more than a dash of Eli Cross is also a highlight, plus a great McGregor performance not seen since the late 90s. Many images are haunting (setup and execution of a key scene with Brosnan in particular); the incredible final shot will leave you gasping and chuckling in equal measure!
Well this was disappointing. I probably should have chosen a better film as my first Polanski. Buried beneath the mostly awful acting (everyone is painful, especially Kattrall, with the exception of the older cast and Brosnan), terrible pacing and dull use of colors (purposeful or not), is a decent, interesting political thriller with a fair few "twists" that I didn't see coming. The resemblance to Blair is extremely interesting and actually well done. The ending was quite unsatisfactory.
Elegant and well-directed thriller about author hired to write the biography of a prominent politician, after the death of the previous biographer. The narrative flows without haste and dispensing melodramatic excesses, which may upset those who prefer intense action and a frenetic editing. The attitude of the hero in the film's ending is silly and makes no sense, but leads to one of the most beautiful and dark final sequences of recent years.
Almost as good as this sort of intrigue-thriller gets. Jim Belushi and Tom Wilkinson are outstanding in supporting roles. It's not often enough that a film's score in and of itself alters the tone of a film as it does here (it usually only amplifies). Another example, for the sake of reference, is Jon Brion's bittersweet music for "Step Brothers."
A light confection, pure entertainment, tossed off, but very well crafted. Polanski is a master of the mechanics of suspense, the way he sets up a mystery, stingily lets information slip out, and then pulls it together at the end. Love that last shot at the end with the papers flying in the wind too.
Kudos to Roman Polanski for turning an uneventful script (that would translate into a tedious film in the hands of another director) into a tense, intelligent little thriller that carefully builds the tension and pays off in the final act. Ewan McGregor is ideal for the leading part and Pierce Brosnan is good as well. Overall, nothing spectacular, but worth seeing for the spooky atmosphere and feeling of menace throughout the film -Polanski's trademarks, after all.
By the end The Ghost Writer reveals itself to be much ado about not so much, yet there's no denying the beguiling sense of style and aesthetic sophistication that director Polanski brings to the table.
Polanski has an exceptional talent at mocking and even satirizing pretentious anglo culture without offending his biggest fans. This is a political thriller wrapped up in the absurdity of class consciousness and ill begotten wealth. It's also a rare film that's definitely self aware of political reality but not in a crude distracting manner. Ewan McGregor turns in a great performance here as a puzzled 2nd rate ghost writer.
I thought it was good. Not as captivating or thrilling as I was hoping for, but good. I was impressed by Pierce Brosnan & especially Olivia Williams. Kim Cattrall, however, was terrible. It was slow at times & the ending was a bit anti-climactic, but it was well-made & looked great. It’s based on a novel, & I really felt that throughout the film. Some of the scenes felt like something straight out of a book. I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone, but if you like political thrillers, give it a go.
A watchable enough thriller for most of its duration with one of the most hilariously tacked-on "we couldn't think of anything else" endings I've damn near ever seen. I was having flashbacks to Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Nonetheless, it's entertaining enough to recommend if you like a good conspiracy flick with a political gloss to it.
The best Hitchcock film in 34 years. Oozes paranoia and suspense, Polanski never wastes a frame of celluloid or a line of dialogue in telling the story. Color symbolism and cinematography were also brilliantly executed.
Polanski's film took a while to draw me in, and despite excellent acting and a solid story, the movie kept me at a distance and lacked a certain urgency. I never became wrapped up in the suspense until about midway into the movie, and that seems far too long to wait. Even by its rapturous conclusion, I felt a great deal of "so what," as if the entire movie unfolded and left me in dust. As a quiet political thriller, it works, but it steps much too lightly to peak my full interest.
Starts out in a pleasantly realistic manner, which allows for character based suspense building in the vain of good ol' Hitchcock (or Polanski himself for that matter). The whole thing gets a bit ... silly towards the end, and the final revelation/twist was pretty redundant. But still: One of the better thrillers in a long while.
If H.P. Lovecraft wrote political thrillers instead of extra-dimensional horror, and was a filmmaker instead of a writer, and was alive instead of dead, I could see him producing something using a similar color palette.