March 20, 2010

The Ghost Writer

An intelligent, gripping, adult thriller. I was on the edge of my seat all the way through. Mystery and tension lurk around every corner, in every black car, in every evasive interview, in every telling pause, in every unexplained interaction. We talked about what we saw all the way home, and I was still deconstructing it days later.I really admire a movie with a "European" sensibility, which is code for "assumes you're paying attention", "does not explain everything" and "Ewan McGregor's bare bum" (I think he's contractually obliged to show his butt?)

Alfred Hitchcock would love this movie- it plays with your mind, wraps you around their finger, and is completely devoid of sentimentality. I give it an A grade.

Rated PG-13 for language (mostly British-style swearing), brief nudity/sexuality (Ewan's butt), some violence (hardly any violence at all), and a drug reference (a picture of a doobie!).

PREVIEW NOTE: The trailer for the romance Letters To Juliet is the latest preview to encapsulate the entire movie. There's no need to actually pay to see this film once you've viewed the trailer. The only part missing is the last 30 seconds of the film where the guy finally comes to his senses and tells the girl he loves her, presumably in front of a pretty Italian backdrop, or in front of a crowd who spontaneously applaud.

(Cinema De Lux, Legacy Place, Dedham)