Ghost World

Ghost World 
Release Date: 20th July 2001
Director: Terry Zwigoff 
Rating: 15
Granada Film, Jersey Shore, Mr. Mudd Productions, United Artists 

After graduation the real world beckons. Some make it through seamlessly as they adapt to society, while others feel everything begin to crumble under their feet. The world becomes a ghost world as they fail to grow into a new skin, one which can accept working in an office 9-5 for the rest of their days. I can already see these cracks under my feet. 

Ghost World is the tale of two girls, Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson), who are not part of the ‘accepted’ crowd and like to be individual while berating everyone they meet. They are a pretty horrid duo, and the way they sway as they walk close together is slightly unsettling, like the twins from The Shining. But it isn’t long before you warm to these girls and how they start to go their separate ways after graduation. Rebecca gets a job at a coffee shop and starts to mature, while Enid continues her cynical ways. It’s just what happens,and it feels remarkably real even when they’re dealing with some of the more colourful characters in town, whose hilarious concepts end up feeling tragic. The man waiting for the bus that never arrives comes to mind.

The real crux of the story is the relationship between Enid and middle-aged dork Seymour (Steve Buscemi), met after the two menaces found his dating ad and set him up on a prank date, which unfortunately overshadows the two best friends changes or lack of after school. It’s still an interesting focal point though and it provides plenty of fun and raw emotion, Steve Buscemi is just the nicest guy. Sad to say, but I think I’ll end up like Seymour, a lonely guy surrounded by a massive collection of records (miscellaneous tat in my case) to fill up the holes in his heart. And when you see a world full of vain hipsters and stupid people led by the television screen, it’s just never going to heal.

Despite dealing with humorous insights into art classes and strange locals, it also paints an incredibly depressing picture on what it must be like for those who couldn’t shift into the next gear, the ones who don’t fit in.

Ghost World is a film full of emotion without forcing it down the viewers throat and it becomes the ultimate delinquent movie, for those who want to stay true to themselves but suffer because of it.  With uni done this films resonates with my current doubts and dilemmas. If only I could drive back into the past, when poking fun at creeps and idling around was possible, before everyone went and took that next gear shift into adulthood. If you feel the same, this is the film for you.


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