Starring Alexandra Shipp, Nicholas Hamilton, DeRon Horton
Directed by Scott Speer
The only certain things in life are death and taxes. Well, I’ll add another one to that list: films about death.
Not the maudlin type, but those films where the deceased hero gets a chance to right wrongs, and do something good after their demise. You ’Always’ get these scripts knocking around Hollywood, and as ’Ghost’ is beloved by millions, thirty years after that blockbuster left millions blubbing into their popcorn, there’s little wonder producers are keen to revisit those themes. I ’truly, madly, deeply’ believe that.
This one centres on besotted high school graduates Riley (Alexandra Shipp) and Chris (Nicholas Hamilton). She’s a cool artist, he’s a fresh faced biker who looks like he’s just stepped off the set of a modelling shoot. Which is fine. Gritty authenticity takes a back seat in this good looking tear-splattered fantasy romance.
They are separated by a (brilliantly executed) tragic car accident. Riley blames herself for her boyfriend’s death, while Chris is stranded in limbo.
Miraculously, the two find a way to connect. And no, it doesn’t involve a potter’s wheel or Unchained Melody.
It’s well put together, the cast are fine, the songs are okay, and the a-ha/Take On Me-style comic book close peps things up a bit. It’s no classic, but if you’re a teenager who loves getting lost in romantic dramas with a supernatural theme, then this should tick a lot of boxes.
If you’ve never seen Ghost, you might like it. And contrary to what the title suggests, it’s just the right length.