Suffering Man's Charity (Ghost Writer) Reviews
From an awkwardly mannered stiff upper lip drama, it abruptly shifts to a grand guignol black comedy, with a lingeried Boreanaz tied up with Christmas lights. It's not a sight I want to see again, but is a superb, committed piece of work.
The ghost writer plot and other characters, including Carrie Fisher's reporter, Henry Thomas's star musician and Anne Heche's gorgeous publisher, are secondary to the central pair.
It's stagy, too quirky for it's own good, but the performances make it worth a watch.
This is a pleasant, but odd little film that really doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. It starts off feeling like a drama, then changes into black comedy, then changes into a ghost story, and finishes up being a drama again. It is also feels very drawn out, and just when it starts to get really interesting, it ends, which just left me feeling a little confused to what it was trying to achieve. The small cast all act their roles very well, with Alan Cumming being at his best over the top. But David Boreanaz has the best part that really shows off his comedic talents. You may want to catch this movie just for the black comedy sequences, which are quite amusing, but it is not the horror film that the Horror Channel led me to believe it would be.
Seriously? Who funded it? It is about a composer with a history of "giving boarding" to young struggling artists. . . Then, he becomes a sadist. Not worth the 1.5 hours. If there is a comedic element, it is the unexpected plot twist in the last 30 minutes. Unfortunately, it wasn't funny.