There are rare cinematic gems that elude my grasp of expression. The ease of stating personal opinions is trivial; yet, certain aspects of these films leave me tongue-tied, awestruck by the grandeur they embody. To me, a masterpiece deserves reverence, an acknowledgment of its worth. While I do believe that Ghost might have a long laundry list of flaws, Ghost deserves its place as an eternal symbol of love and romance, etched in the annals of cinema for being one of the most creative films out there.
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The Movie Review
Sam and Molly are entwined in deep love, basking in happiness and planning a future together. However, their contentment is short-lived when Sam stumbles upon laundered money in his investment accounts.
Sam is killed when the killer tries to retrieve the stolen funds. But Sam does not pass into the afterlife; he remains on earth as a spirit.
His unfinished business with Molly and the quest to uncover his killer keep him tethered to the mortal realm. Learning the ways of a ghost, Sam discovers that he is inaudible to everyone except a phony psychic, Oda Mae Brown. Together, they form an unlikely duo, racing to unravel the sinister plot behind Sam’s murder and save Molly from danger.
Director Jerry Zucker wastes no time in establishing an unbreakable bond between Goldwyn and Swayze, while also crafting a deeply passionate romance between Swayze and Moore.
But what sets this movie apart is its intricate plot, which delves far beyond the surface. It’s the kind of film you can watch over and over again, at any time, and never tire of. It’s not without its flaws, of course – with a plot this complex, there are bound to be some holes.
And there are moments that may make you uneasy, like the gratuitous death scene or the unexpected make-out session between Demi and Whoopi, featuring Swayze and Moore. But these quirks only add to the charm of this beautifully chaotic masterpiece that Jerry Zucker has created.
This film is dripping with suspense from start to finish. When I first learned it was directed by none other than the great Zucker (Airplane, The Naked Gun, Rat Race), I couldn’t help but wonder if it would be anything more than a mere comedy. But he absolutely nails it.
The directing is flawless, leaving little room for criticism. As for the writing, it’s rock solid as well. Sure, there are moments when the humor feels a bit excessive, and some scenes may drag on a tad too long, but aside from that, this film is virtually flawless.
Swayze and Moore’s portrayal of Sam and Molly, respectively, was nothing short of magical. Their chemistry was palpable, making it easy for audiences to get lost in their love story. It seemed like the roles were made specifically for them, as they embodied the characters so effortlessly.
Goldberg, as Oda Mae Brown, was a true standout. She brought a perfect blend of humor and authenticity to her role, and her character was an essential part of the movie’s success. As for the villain of the film, Tony Goldwyn played the part flawlessly. He was able to bring a level of treachery and deceit to his character that made the audience hate him with a passion.
Now, when it comes to camera work, I do believe that there could have been much more exciting routes to take with this film. It usually looks quite simplistic, and basic.
Of course, it does have moments where the camera does some unique things, and the cinematography goes wild with the lighting and color palette, but the way the film uses the most basic camera angles and colors throughout its majority run time, it’s a bit lackluster in that sense. However, it still looks much better than most films of its kind.
The music and soundtrack of Ghost (1990) are absolutely phenomenal! The musical score by Maurice Jarre is equally impressive, featuring a mesmerizing blend of orchestral arrangements that perfectly capture the mood and atmosphere of each scene.
The Bottom Line
Ghost is worth watching in all its glory, it’s a mesmerizing, beautifully written, and gorgeously directed romantic thriller that will etch itself into your core memories once the credits roll.
This film is not perfect in any sense of the word, it has flaws and plot holes all over the place, but those don’t hinder it from being a gut-wrenching experience. This film will be remembered as one of the most poignant pieces of romantic drama from the 90s.
- Strong chemistry between the lead actors, making their love story believable and captivating
- Intricate and suspenseful plot that keeps the audience engaged from start to finish
- Standout performance by Whoopi Goldberg as Oda Mae Brown
- Flawless directing and rock-solid writing by Jerry Zucker
- Excellent musical score by Maurice Jarre that enhances the mood and atmosphere of the film
- Some holes in the complex plot may leave some viewers confused or unsatisfied
- Some scenes may feel excessive or drag on too long
- Basic camera work throughout most of the film