Ghost Town Reviews
Not a bad film, just very plain n average, much like the effects and acting, all kinda nice but abit boring, shame.
I feel this film exceeded my expectations, just because I had been given the impression that it was a complete flop. It's easy watching, with predictability in a "Ghost" meets "Bruce Almighty" type of way.
In the wrong hands this would've been a forgettable disaster. Something about the protagonist's characterization as a damaged antisocial really resonates with the direction and Gervais's style.
Definitely less accessible than your everyday "All-American" romedy but that's what makes the subtle humor so much better to appreciate. It's smart and honest.
Nice little comedic vehicle for Ricky Gervais and Greg Kinnear. Mildly funny but forgettable.
Very few people can (effectively) portray characters that are somehow endearing to spite all of thier horrid personality traits and complete lack of people skills. One only need watch Gervais master his craft in the (original) BBC series The Office, to know what I mean.
The story here isn't exactly ground breaking, but it is fun and as I mentioned it has a great supporting cast to add a bit of sustenance to a sometimes trite story.
It also served to reminded me of how much I enjoy Tea Leoni and it was a nice surprise to see to TV Favorites: Kristen Wiig (SNL) and Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show) in HILARIOUS supporting roles.
There are some serious holes here - things that don't really make sense (matters of convenience to move the plot along), and, again, as with most comedies, the splatter gun effect is at work (ie. you throw enough stuff at a wall and some is bound to stick).
That being said, Ricky Gervais is, as usual, extremely funny and almost carries this film by himself (or in spite of himself?).
There are some serious laughs to be held (in that oh, so British way), and some very poignant scenes when the ghosts are released from their purgatory (a very nice touch indeed) - but in between, way too much fumbling and things that either fall flat or don't ring true. The ending, especially, is really weak (from the time that Gervais is hit by a bus until the end of the film).
A truly lame excuse was used to keep Tia away from the convalescing Gervais (not a blood relative, and the hospital has rules, you know!). sigh.
You can tell that good production values were used here - so it had the potential to be so much better, but in the end I can only give it a whisftul smile as I think of how much better it could have been.
(I usually dislike it when a film uses current songs to enforce the emotions on the screen, but I do have to admit that using the Beatles "I'm Looking Through You" was a wonderful choice to introduce the newly dead Kinnear.)