A Ghost Story is well, just that. A story about a ghost. Not in the traditional sense, full of jump scares and bloody gore, but a story of what happens after someone dies. In this case, it is the story of “C” (Casey Affleck) and his wife/girlfriend (they’re never super clear about this) “M” (Rooney Mara), after C dies in a car accident. See at this point, this is all you need to know about this movie. But no, they had to add the tag line “It’s all about time”, which for me ruined it. If I were to walk in the theater and had no idea that time/time travel had anything to do with it, I would have enjoyed the movie a bit more.
The movie is an art film, shot in full screen or what you may compare to an Instagram square. The cinematography, at times, is beautiful. A few times I couldn’t tell if the shot was intentionally out of focus or not. For every breathtaking vision on the screen there seems to be an over shot scene that lasts way too long. Along with some sound errors (small sounds that are WAY too loud) I quickly realized that writer/director David Lowery was intentionally putting flaws in the film.
A Ghost story is a fresh take on the afterlife, but the forced indie art film feel gets in the way of the story.