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YMMV / A Ghost Story

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  • Awesome Music: “I Get Overwhelmed” by Dark Rooms, the song C plays for M. It is as beautiful as it is tear-jerking.
  • Critical Dissonance: The film holds a very high 90% critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but a more lukewarm 66% audience rating, obviously due to the slow, minimalist presentation.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: If only disappearing at last can be considered a happy ending for a ghost. It is strongly implied that this is the case in this story as the ghost was trying to take out a note his former wife left inside the crack in the door-case. Then after he succeeds to take it out and reads it he disappears.
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  • Nausea Fuel: Rooney Mara eats a pie for four minutes.
  • Narm: The "sad eyes" on the ghost when his wife finally leaves is kind of silly, despite the sad moment.
  • Signature Scene: For better or worse, the most talked about scene in the movie is the one in which Rooney Mara eats a pie for four minutes while the camera makes the audience watch the entire thing in one unbroken shot.
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: The first 25 to 30 minutes are agonizingly slow, as they’re filled with long, mostly uncut scenes of silence or other mundane activities (including C and M sleeping, a long shot of C’s body in the morgue before he revives as a ghost, and the infamous pie-eating scene mentioned above). However, the movie picks up once C meets the other ghost and further notable events follow, better emphasizing the movie’s themes of passing time and mourning.
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  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The movie's pretty light on effects, but the sweeping landscape shot of the Mega City as the ghost leaps off the skyscraper is nothing short of gorgeous.

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