Comments on watching and making films.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Ghost Town

I meant to write this up a few weeks ago, when I saw it, but work, Daisy Chain, and being sick got in the way...

Ghost Town is a funny new comedy starring Ricky Gervais, Tea Leoni, and Greg Kinnear, and is directed by screenwriter David Koepp. Gervais plays a dentist, Bertram Pincus, who lives his life, in a very purposeful way, avoiding human contact as much as possible. When he dies for a few moments in the hospital, during an operation, he comes back to life with the ability to see ghosts. When the newly dead Frank Herlihy (Kinnear), finds out about Pincus, he tracks him down and tries to get Pincus to break up his wife Gwen (Leoni) and her fiancee, who are planning on getting married soon. Pincus' plan is to get Gwen to fall in love with him, which is not an easy task, considering that she has lived in his building for quite some time, and he has continuously made life difficult for her.

Gervais is at his best as the socially awkward doofus in this film. Pincus is the character that Gervais has been honing through his characters on The Office and Extra's. Kinnear makes a great instigator and foil for Pincus, and Tea Leoni is likeable as the girl Pincus is falling for. While the premise feels worn out, the films comedic moments are sharp and fresh, and the film is heartwarming without trying to be over the top or ridiculous.

1 comment:

Steve said...

Ohhhhhhhh.....HONING his character.