Movie Review: The Ghost Writer (2010)

Politics. Not much to say about it. Part of me thinks it’s necessary and part of me thinks it’s fucking dumb (mainly because of certain moves by various politicians through the years). Basically politics is the biggest clusterfuck in our world.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Ghost Writer”.

We follow a man (Ewan McGregor) who’s been hired to go out to a remote island and help write the memoirs of former British prime minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan). However as he is writing it and gathering information he starts discovering some interesting secrets from the ministers past. And as he discovers these things, his life may be in danger. So what did I think of the plot? It was really good. The first half of the film is more of a drama that is about the specter author working on the book and such. Then we have the second half which is more like a suspenseful thriller. However, the pacing is still great thanks to an overall solid mystery feel throughout the entire thing.

The characters are all layered and interesting. Ewan McGregor gives a great performance as the poltergeist wordsmith. Pierce Brosnan is great as the slightly shady former prime minister. Olivia Williams plays the wife of the former PM in the movie and she was great in the role. The awesome Jon Bernthal also pops up a bit in the movie, playing McGregor’s friend, and he was really good. Timothy Hutton also shows up briefly and he was really good in it. I’d say that all actors did a really solid job in this movie.

The score for the movie was composed by Alexandre Desplat and it was pretty great. It’s filled with energy while still being suspenseful and somewhat eerie. It has a very old school feel to it which worked very well for the movie while also being pretty fun to listen to.

This movie was directed by Roman Polanski and he did a terrific job. It’s fantastically shot and it always has an uneasy feel to it as if it’s saying “Trust no one”. And I like that, it kept me on the edge of my seat even when nothing was really happening, which just shows how talented Polanski is behind the camera (Disclaimer: I do not condone any of the criminal acts he committed and he should be held accountable, I’m just saying that he did a great job directing this movie).

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 83% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 77/100. Roger Ebert gave it 4/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,2/10.

“The Ghost Writer” is a pretty damn good political drama/thriller. It has a great plot, good characters, great performances, great music, and great directing. Time for my final score. *Clears throat*. My final score for “The Ghost Writer” is a 9,80/10. Which means that it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “The Ghost Writer” is now completed.

Ghost Rider is… “The Ghost Writer”.

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