“Why don’t you go haunt a house? Rattle some chains or something.”
Cast: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg
Patrick Swayze stars as Sam Wheat. After a night at the theatre with girlfriend Molly (Demi Moore), a mugger shoots him dead on the streets of NYC. Though his spirit leaves his body, his love for Molly see him trapped between two worlds as a ghost. In his ghost form he watches over his grieving girlfriend, but also discovers that his case was no accident and he was actually part of a murder plot.
Sam finds being a ghost terribly frustrating as he can’t communicate with people, he just seems stuck on Earth unable to do anything. He decides to visit spiritual medium Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) to see if he can actually communicate with a ‘professional’. Just as he suspected she is a con artist, though surprising to both she can actually hear Sam criticise her job. After considering that she may be going crazy, Oda settles with the fact that this is something her family have been doing for generations, so she must have ‘the gift’. Having this new found ability, the film follows Sam as he tries to solve his murder case and communicate with his sceptical girlfriend.
Ghost is a great love story. It’s entertaining throughout and the twists of the murder case keep the audience’s interest in the film up. Again this is another predictable film, yet even with its clichés it still manages to pull at your heartstrings. Aside from the lovey-dovey stuff, Goldberg provides the many laughs of the film. Her ability to play the medium in such a funny style, like she does in most of her roles, makes it another great reason to watch.
Some people claim it’s the best love story of all time. While I wouldn’t go as far to label it that, I do agree it is up there with the best. It is a very romantic and heart-warming film about true love transcending the seemingly finite end that death brings. The chemistry between Swayze and Moore make it all that more conceivable, so I can see why it leaves this lasting impression on people.
Ghost was nominated for 5 Academy Awards and won for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Whoopi Goldberg.
Star rating: 6.5/10
Directed by Jerry Zucker.
Running time 127 minutes.