Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Review Tuesday: 'Ghost Town'

Today’s ‘Review Tuesday’. Wikipedia describes Ghost Town as ‘a 2008 American paranormal comedy-drama…starring English comedian Ricky Gervais in his first leading role in a movie’ [1]. In Ghost Town [2, 3] Bertram Pincus (Gervais [4]) is an English dentist living in New York, who dies during a routine colonoscopy, is revived seven minutes later, and then discovers he’s able to see ghosts. Many of the ghosts follow him around, and ask him favours. One ghost asks Pincus to prevent the impending re-marriage of his widow. Pincus, an introverted loner, reluctantly obliges. And love blossoms. Eventually Pincus sees the error of his ways, and so he obliges all the requests the ghosts have made of him. This is a sweet film. Light entertainment without troubling one’s brain cells unduly. All good fun. But I can’t give it more than three stars out of five. Gervais dominates this movie. Like Harrison Ford and Hugh Grant, he plays one persona in all his roles: David Brent in The Office, Andy Millman in Extras, and now Pincus. That’s not to say Gervais doesn’t act well. But it does confine one’s view of his acting ability. I wonder what he’ll be like in his subsequent film: the 2009 comedy The Invention of Lying [5, 6]which he co-wrote and co-directed. I won’t have long to wait – it’s top of my Bigpondmovies rental queue.

1 comment:

Meg said...

SPOILER ALERT: You don't even have to wait till your bigpondmovie dvd arrives. We have seen The Invention of Lying, and yup, you guessed it, he plays a similar role.