The Ghost Writer: Better than the Best Commercial EntertainmentAdded: Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
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Roman Polanski definitely didn’t lose his storytelling skills. His movie “The Ghost Writer” is based on a novel written by Robert Harris in 2007 about ex-British PM Adam Lang (perfectly performed by Pierce Brosnan), who is definitely not Tony Blair’s prototype, as you might have imagined. The ghost writer, who was writing Adam’s memoirs, has tragically died and was replaced by another nameless author (Ewan McGregor), who is called just “the Ghost” in the credits. He doesn’t have any interest or experience in politics having his last job as a writer of autobiography for a magician. However, it even makes him fit better for the job since he thinks as everyday reader.
From this perspective, the Ghost is mystified by Lang's operation’s inner workings. His Martha's Vineyard home looks like fortified bunker. The draft of a book, written by his predecessor, is safely locked in Adam’s office and is not allowed to be taken out even for the Ghost, revising it, lest enemies get it and publish prematurely. The question is certainly clear – what is all this secrecy for, since it’s going to come off the press soon? The hint at the answer is Lang being accused publicly of kidnapping terrorists and assisting in torturing them.
The Ghost is in the process now, and doesn’t really want to be connected with Lang despite the boost sales of finally published book. What he does want is to know the truth about the war crimes, ex-PM’s career as a whole, and the reason for death of his predecessor.
The thing driving the plot, though irrelevant, is the war-crimes business. It’s not the key, as the politics are not actually the focus, despite technically the movie is a political thriller. The noticeable reference to real-life extradition woes of Polanski is Lang, who has to stay in the country lest the International Criminal Court apprehends him. The real focus is enjoyment of solving the mystery.
The actors do just great – both Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan are very good for their parts, Olivia Williams is even more fantastic at performing frosty women – it’s such a pleasure to see Ruth Lang in every scene.
So the verdict is the following: Polanski’s political thriller is fun. Except deeper details implications like changing the history course with the power of words, the movie leaves an impression of the skilled storyteller’s work, which beats the best commercial entertainments.
March 17th, 2010Posted by:
Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
|posted by (2010-03-17 15:46:18)|
|gr8 read SaM thanx for the article|
|thanks sam... cant wait to see it||
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