I guess different people can extract different meanings from GHOST
WORLD and all nail exactly why it was made. For me, it was the
chronicle of that small group of people who don't, and probably never
will, quite fit into this world. They're here on the fringes though,
just existing in their own parallel universe, or their own "ghost
world." Though it sounds depressing, this film is hardly a downer, it's
full of humor, satire and acute observations on life. The overall
production is excellent (the brightness and colors in the photography,
costumes and sets is stunning)... plus it pulls off the impossible by
successfully steering toward dead-on seriousness near the conclusion to
drive it's point across.
It begins at graduation with Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson), two very perceptive high school outcasts who see right through the facade of their juvenile peers and want nothing to do with it. For Rebecca this self-ostracizing is just a passing phasing, but for Enid you get the strong impression this is going to always be her way of life. It's not that she doesn't get it, it's that she's doesn't understand IT or people or the games of life. There's a brief emotional turning point for Enid when a cruel practical joke backfires and she becomes involved with the target, the nerdy and very sardonic Seymour (Steve Buscemi), who may just be the kindred spirit Enid was looking for. The shared scenes between Enid and Seymour, though doomed to take a bad turn, are handled with tenderness by the director and actors and are quite memorable and touching.
Highlights are an excellent scene in a blues club that just about nails the American outlook on life and our lack of reverence and the ones in Enid's remedial art class, with the most misguided and pretentious teacher (Illeana Douglas) you could imagine. The girls are wonderful, and Steve Buscemi was unfairly overlooked at awards time (big shocker). Anyway, he's never been this good before. The fact this premise, these ideas and these original and interesting characters came from a comic book makes me realize I've completely overlooked the artistic possibilities within that medium.
Action / Comedy / Drama
Action / Comedy / Drama
This is the story of Enid and Rebecca after they finish the high school. Both have problems relating to people and they spend their time hanging around and bothering creeps. When they meet Seymour who is a social outsider who loves to collect old 78 records, Enid's life will change forever.
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