Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Siskel and Ebert's review of Ghost

This is making me miss him.

Siskel, that is.


Richard Lawrence Cohen said...

The 1991 movie Truly, Madly, Deeply (not to be confused with the hit song), the British equivalent of Ghost, is less high-concept and probably more intelligent. Ebert called it "Ghost for grownups," which was a common reaction. Both movies get 6.9 out of 10 from imdb voters, but Ghost has more than ten times as many votes.

Johnny said...

I like GHOST a lot myself.

But I really disagree with their opinion that they should have stuck with showing Whoopi dancing with Demi instead of cutting to Patrick after he enters Whoopi's body. Siskel and Ebert clearly aren't filmmakers ... the demographic for this movie was women, women, women. No woman went to see this movie to see Whoopi Goldberg get possessed by Patrick Swayze and dance with Demi Moore. It only works for the audience if it cuts to Patrick, but it's also a conceptual decision: Demi closes her eyes and "sees" Patrick dancing with her, even though he's in Whoopi's body, so the audience is put in her experience of it.

Film critics aren't filmmakers, and that would've been a terrible creative decision that would have killed the scene for millions of women.