Ghost Town

Ghost Town

Warms the cockles! - Aine

8 Points

Viewer Rating:Aine has rated Ghost Town rating: 3 Star

I really didn't know much about this movie before going to see it other than it had Gervais in it. The starting sequence confused me somewhat though when it was the very excellent Greg Kinnear and not Gervais on screen, although that was quickly explained! I'd never have put Teá Leoni as the lead lady in a movie but I think she did really well here, and she looks just great. The premise of the movie is a little different, Gervais character is an uptight, very unplesant dentist who just does not like people. He heads to hospital for a routine procedure but asks for a general anesthetic which the hospital don't want to give him but end up doing. He checks out of hospital and starts to meet a lot of people, the twist here being that they're actually ghosts and no one else can see him. So he goes back to hospital where his dotty doctor eventually reveals that he "died a little bit". He leaves the hospital not very impressed and this is where Kinnear's character comes into it, the ghosts that Gervais character can see are ghosts who still have a reason for hanging around. In Kinnear's case, his wife (Leoni) is engaged a year after his death and he decides he doesn't like the new guy - tries to get Gervais to do something about it. Gervais character is reluctant but Kinnear haunts him quite successfully and starts sending more and more ghosts after Gervais' character so he begins to unravel. There's quite a twist at the end that I really didn't see coming, plenty of laughs, Gervais does the repressed Dentist Berturm Pinkus very well, with flashes of humour that he's hidden behind a broken heart. As I mentioned above, Kinnear does very well here, funny, arrogant, touching, frustrated - I think he's very under rated in general. Leoni does very well (and really looks great, funny, friendly, irritated, bewildered, she does it all well) as does Gervais. David Brent this character ain't! Not at all bad for an initial leading man for Gervais.

Review published on the 31 October 2008 09:59

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