A Ghost Story ★★★★½

Leaving behind images and feelings that will probably stay engrained into my mind and soul for a very long time, "A Ghost Story" is one of the most utterly hypnotizing and emotionally transcendent works of visual storytelling I've ever seen served to screen. Through director David Lowery's stunning vision behind the camera, the film takes the viewer on a loose yet other-worldly journey that explores the concepts of time, life, death, and then some, all in such a unique and original way that makes these thought-provoking themes stand out with such human and intimate layers underneath the surface. Even the tiniest, mundane moments that the average moviegoer wouldn't pay attention to give the film its overall sense of meaning and manages to leave a much more effective impact despite the limited amount of dialogue given. The cinematography is beautifully shot and constructed in every scene, the music is haunting and serves as a chilling guide from start to finish, and while Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara aren't really depended on that much, their subtle work for the time they have on screen delivers some of the most powerful quiet moments I've seen in a while. Of course, this type of film won't appeal to everybody but if you're the type of film fan willing to dive into an experience such as this and dissect what can be brought out of it, I think it's safe to say that you can't go worse going with something like this.

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