Ghost World Review

 Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 10.59.08 AM Voraciously reading through Daniel Clowes’s latest work (Patience) this weekend, which by the way would make an awesome time-travel thriller that likens films such as Predestination or Terminator, I decided why not go back and watch this amazing adaptation of Clowes’s most famous work. Differing from the graphic novel, Ghost World proves to be an amazing transition from the pages to the screen. Having Clowes there to write the script and Zwigoff’s passion for directing this off-kilter tale about a teenager with basically no future have these misadventures across her town. Leading the film, Thora Birch is amazing, capturing the character Clowes wrote almost perfectly, from her way of dressing to her morbid curiosity over controversial and creepy things along with her attitude, Birch shines in this film, making you feel disappointed, creeped out or simply making you laugh because of her strange nature. Scarlett Johansson plays her best friend, another bored teenager, except she’s actually plans on having a life which makes these two odd souls begin to slowly drift apart. Though her acting talents are mostly underused as her screen-time gets traded for another character, it is through brief moments that we get to see the growing desperation that has begun to overcome Johansson’s Rebecca. Midway through this review and I haven’t even mentioned the best part of this film, Steve Buscemi. In this film Steve Buscemi plays a lovable dork, an odd soul that collects old, rare blues records. Through a mischievous deed, Birch and Buscemi are brought together and it is in these moments that Ghost World shines. Following this awfully strange bond that forms between Enid (Birch) and Seymour (Buscemi) the film transcends the tale of bored mischievous teenagers and adopts the knowledge of an old soul in these, transmitting thoughts on love, relationships, censorship, niceness, and what is feels to be cared for, Buscemi delivers what might be his best performance alongside what is Thora Birch’s best work. Another thing that truly impressed me about Ghost World is how closely it resembled Clowes’s artwork and resembled that distinct comic-book look even though it never categorizes itself in panels like Hulk, instead it does this by amplifying colors and framing. Matching the way Enid dresses with the background color of certain locations, Ghost World gains a new dimension to it, plastering the art of Clowes on screen in a very subdues and specific way. If I had to name any negatives about Ghost World its the fact that it does feel a tad too slow in the beginning, so that some of the ending factors of the film are handled somewhat abruptly, but because of its poetically enchanting finale, Ghost World serves as one of the best underrated comic book adaptations out there, an 85 out of 100.


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