Saturday, 12 July 2014

Ghost (4 Stars)

This was the fifth film at the 2014 Brindley Place Film Festival. For the first time, disaster struck. After 45 minutes the screen went blank, and we were informed that a cable had burnt through. We had to wait slightly longer than half an hour for repairs. That gave us a chance to buy extra food and drinks.

"Ghost" is a weepy film with doubtful theological content, but it's enjoyable to anyone wishing to suspend his disbelief. Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) and Molly Jensen (Demi Moore) share an apartment in New York. One night after a visit to the theatre they are mugged in an alleyway and Sam is fatally shot. As a ghost he looks down on his dead body and his grieving lover. For a while he follows Molly around, not knowing what else to do. Then he finds out that it wasn't a random mugging; the murderer had been hired by his work colleague to prevent him exposing illegal money transactions. Molly is also a target, so he wants to protect her, even though he has no way of communicating with her. Finally he finds a psychic, played by Whoopi Goldberg, who can act as a go-between... provided Molly can be convinced that she isn't a fake.

It's an enjoyable film, but nothing that I could watch frequently. The last time I saw it was about 10 years ago. I'll wait another 10 years before watching it again.

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