Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sydney Film Festival Day 12 Review The Ghost Writer

Directed by Roman Polanski and starring Ewan McGreggor in the title role this film was highly anticipated.

Telling the story of a Ghost Writer who steps in to complete the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister after the first writer is found dead on a beach. He steps into their world of intrigue family and international politics. As he starts to investigate what happened to the previous writer things become more and more disturbing.

A relatively conventional thriller done gorgeously Polanski and Hitchcock style with deliberate shots and brilliant visual construction, the suspense is built from the beginning. Every actor delivers great value (regardless of the size of the role) and it was totally gripping. Old-fashioned yes but great fun and wondefully rendered.

The book was released right after Tony Blair stepped down and the familiarity between the Prime Minister in this book and Blair are not surprising.

For me the film lived up to expectactions - I just loved every minute. I was engaged and entertained.


LynS said...

I loved it too. Will write something about it today. Still thinking.

DrK said...

so looking forward to this!