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11) Analyzing a Movie

March 23, 2012

The Ghost Writer

The first movie I thought of for this post was Star Wars Episode III, but that literally would take thousands of words to describe my feelings towards that movie. Instead, I have chosen one of my favorite suspense/mystery movies, Ghost Writer, directed by Roman Polanski and starring Ewan McGregor (who happens to be Obi-Wan Kenobi, so I can settle for this). The thing that attracted me the most to this film was the locations it used. The dreary island it was filmed upon, the minimalist yet luxurious house used to depict the former Prime Minister’s residence, and the stormy beaches used in the film all direct the film’s tone towards a dark and mysterious plot twist. The dialogue in the beginning of the film is often brief and mysterious, however as the film progresses, it become darker and more menacing and more drawn out as well. Often, the tone is weary and abstruse, as everyone except the ghost writer seems tired and secretive. Polanski really pushes the audience to the edge by showing the ghost writer being pursued for searching for some secret hidden by the former Prime Minister, but waiting until the final minute to reveal that secret. A strong performance by McGregor, powerful themes and motifs, and perfect scenery and locations create this amazing film and really highlight the ability of director Roman Polanski.

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