I saw this film yesterday. I was going to write a review of it, but then I found this review which sums up everything I would say about the film. I will say this about the audience – there was a woman sitting behind me who clearly was more the rom-com type who remarked “See how they treated women THEN?” when the lead female character (a junior journalist, something of a secretary) is introduced, and then proceeds to make coffee. “SHE has to make the coffee,” exclaimed my fellow movie-goer, who also could not grasp that there was snow in the Swiss Alps in July. Oookay. And the guy behind me who had to say “Whoosh” every time there was a shot of the mountain, and there were a lot. Kudos to this blogger for writing a top-notch review. Hope you will read it.
Archive for April, 2010
I am an unashamed Roman Polanski fan. The films directed by him that I’ve seen are among the finest films I’ve ever seen. Polanski knows how to make smart, intriguing thrillers, and he can act as well (see The Tenant.) So when we learned that our local theatre would be showing his new film, The Ghost Writer, we were there on opening night, and pleased to see a moderately-packed house.
The Ghost Writer has an interesting cast: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Hutton, and Eli Wallach. The plot involves a ghost writer (McGregor) replacing a dead ghost writer who was working on the memoirs of the retired British Prime Minister (Brosnan). As McGregor’s character gets deeper and deeper into the project, he begins to discover unsettling facts about the PM, including CIA involvement and secret authorization of torture on airplanes. Naturally, this disturbs McGregor’s character, and he tries to get out of this project.
The standout scene for me was the scene on the ferry. I’m not giving any details away because the movie is still in theatres, and I hope those who like taut thrillers will go and see it. Polanski plays up to his audience, never dumbing down anything, and delivers great cinematography and impressive performances from his cast. I was particularly impressed by Kim Cattrall’s very controlled performance as Brosnan’s assistant and mistress – a real change from her Sex and the City character – I didn’t even know the character was Kim Cattrall for a good part of the movie. The always beautiful Olivia Williams also gives a great performance as Brosnan’s bitter, acerbic wife.
I want to see this movie again in the theatre. Whatever your feelings about Polanski and his personal life and problems, he remains one of the greatest directors of modern times. See it.
PS – we’re seeing it again tonight so I may have more to say after a second showing. I do encourage lovers of good, intelligent thrillers to see it.