Now on Blu-ray: David Lowery’s ‘A Ghost Story’ is a Haunting Examination of Love and Loss

GameStop, Inc.

A Ghost Story

While working on post production on his live-action remake of Pete’s Dragon, writer-director David Lowery made a movie with Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck in secret. A Ghost Story debuted at Sundance to effusive praise of its meditation on grief and the afterlife, although not everyone liked the film, such as our own R.C. Samo who hated it with a passion. A24 picked up the film before its debut and now A Ghost Story lands on Blu-ray for the Halloween season. However, A Ghost Story isn’t the kind of story of specters that will unsettle the audience with spooks and scares. Instead this a movie where the scares come from the existential dread of time and its passing, the horrifying realization that our footprint of this Earth is ephemeral.

C (Affleck) and M (Mara) are a couple living in a quaint little house. He’s a composer struggling to find his footing the world. Sadly, C is killed in a car accident, leaving M to grieve for her lost love. In the morgue, C awakes as a ghost draped in a sheet with only two holes for the eyes. The ghost haunts his old home, observing his grieving love as she eats pie and lashing out in rage when she entertains a gentleman caller. This ghost’s existence continues on through time, staying in the home well after M has moved away. Time moves on, people enter and leave the home, and C is there as an ethereal presence throughout all these changes, including when the home is demolished and replaced with a massive tower.

Lowery’s film has a quiet, heartbreaking quality to it. There’s little dialogue in the film, so there are no moments of emotional speeches or exposition. In many regards, A Ghost Story is practically a silent film shot in the classic 1.33:1 aspect ratio. Lowery isn’t afraid to linger on moments, such as a dejected M sitting on the kitchen floor slowly eating a pie in the midst of her grief. It may frustrate some viewers that the film languishes on these moments, but therein lies the emotional weight of the story – a collision of time and grief. The purely visual storytelling and the haunting musical score Daniel Hart create this unsettling and tragic sense of helplessness to the passage of time and the changes that result because the world keeps spinning after we’ve passed away.

The Blu-ray for A Ghost Story features audio commentary from writer-director David Lowery. Also included on the Blu-ray are a couple of featurettes that examine A Ghost Story from a few different angles. One featurette focuses on the film’s score by Daniel Hart, and the composer explains how his work informed Casey Affleck’s character. The other featurette is shot using night vision and has Lowery surrounded by members of the crew of A Ghost Story and each provide their own insight onto their contribution to the finished film. Finally, there’s a lone deleted scene.

A Ghost Story isn’t a crowd-pleaser by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s a thoughtful and haunting work of filmmaking that attempts to tell a different kind of tale of the afterlife. I won’t fault anyone for not caring for David Lowery’s tale of time and grief, but for those willing to go along with what the writer-director is attempting will be engrossed as this ghost moves silently through time. Love and loss are at the heart of A Ghost Story and the film takes an unconventional path to examine these topic through the eyes of a floating spirit.

A Ghost Story
  • Overall Score


A quiet, heartbreaking examination of love and loss, David Lowery’s A Ghost Story isn’t for everyone in its almost silent storytelling that looks at its subject through the eyes of a ghost and the inevitable passing of time.

Anytime Costumes

Leave a Reply

Animation/Anime Interviews Animation/Anime News Animation/Anime Reviews Film/TV Interviews Film/TV News Film/TV Review
Brett Harvey Talks ‘Breaking Olympia: The Phil Heath Story’

International Award Winning Director and Writer, Brett Harvey takes us  into...

‘Wednesday’ Comes to Blu-ray on Tuesday from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

‘Wednesday‘ Comes to Blu-ray on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, from Warner...

Toy Lei Talks About Playing Auntie Victoria in ‘The Brothers Sun’ – Interview Rewind

Asian-American actress Toy Lei stars as Auntie Victoria in the new...

Event News Event Reviews
‘MJ the Musical’ Chronicles the Life of the ‘King of Pop’ Running at Segerstrom – Review

‘MJ the Musical‘ is the Ultimate Stage Adaptation, Chronicling the life...

Aiden Sinclair and Michael Rangel Talks ’57 Ghosts’ Aboard the Queen Mary Séance

Aiden Sinclair and Apparitionist, Michael Rangel Discuss their new Theatrical Séance...

Luke and Madison Rhoades Open ‘Slashers Axe Throwing’ – Interview

Luke and Madison Rhoades Open Orange County’s first ever horror themed...

Automotives Football MMA, Kick Boxing & Boxing Professional Wrestling
Olympic Runner Colleen Quigley ‘On The Road to Paris’

Team USA Olympic Runner, Colleen Quigley is On The Road to...

Paralympian Swimmer Ahalya Lettenberger On The Road to Paris

Team USA Paralympian Swimmer, Ahalya Lettenberger is On The Road to...

Ultimate Women of Wrestling Comes to the Globe Theatre – Interview

Ultimate Women of Wrestling Comes to the Globe Theatre on Sunday,...

Adult Continuity Comics on the Can Cultural Junk Drawer Future Comic Rock Stars Is That Racist? Revisiting the Reviled THAT'S NOT ROTTEN! The B-Reel The Cantina Scene This Week in Crowdfunding What the HELL Did I just...?
Fantoy Comics Presents: Harry Potter and the Pahrump Apocalypse, battle at the Infernal gate pt 2

Oh Bruh, you did NOT just quote "Predator"!

Fantoy Comics Presents: Harry Potter and the Pahrump Apocalypse – Battle at the Infernal Gate pt 1


Fantoy Comics Presents: Harry Potter and the Pahrump Apocalypse – SID SPEAKS!

"We Demons! Let's go CRUNK on this punk-ass world!"

Music Interviews Music News Music Reviews
Joe Kwaczala Talks About His new Comedy Album ‘Funny Songs & Sketches’ – Interview

Joe Kwaczala Talks About His new Comedy Album ‘Funny Songs &...

Songwriter and Poet, Tamara Mechael Talks About Her Career in the Arts

First Generation Assyrian-Chaldean, Songwriter and Poet, Tamara Mechael Talks About Her...

Louden Swain Headlining Los Angeles Show at The Echo

Press Release – Louden Swain are headlining Los Angeles show at...

Enabled Gaming Gaming News Gaming Reviews
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Gameplay Trailer

The first Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League gameplay trailer was revealed during...

Wonder Woman Game
Wonder Woman Game Announced By DC and WB Games

Wonder Woman game will feature the iconic hero in a 3rd...

MultiVersus brings Batman, Arya Stark, Bugs Bunny, and More

MultiVersus is bringing Shaggy, Harley Quinn, Jake, Batman, Arya Stark, Bugs Bunny,...

Comic Creator Interviews Comic/Graphic Novel News Comic/Graphic Novel Reviews Manga News Manga Reviews Novel/Novella Author Interviews Novel/Novella News Novel/Novella Reviews
Gary Morgenstein Talks ‘A Dugout to Peace’ the Final Installment of his Trilogy

Gary Morgenstein Talks About ‘A Dugout to Peace‘ the final installment...

Chris Clews Is ‘Raised on the 80s’ and Shares Those Life Lessons

Chris Clews was ‘Raised on the 80s‘ and Shares Those Life...

Roye Okupe Brings Authentic African Representation to HBO Max and Cartoon Network

Nigerian-American, Roye Okupe brings authentic African representation to HBO Max and...

Apparel/Personal Maintenance News Apparel/Personal Maintenance Reviews Entertainment Product News Entertainment Product Reviews Food/Beverage Reviews Hardware News Hardware Reviews Mystery Box News Mystery Box Reviews
Harry Potter: Magic Caster Wand Demo

The new ‘Harry Potter: Magic Caster Wand‘ is ready to ship...

Chef Jen Peters and Matthew Clayton Bring us the ‘Good Flour’

Canadian Super Chef Jen Peters and Matthew Clayton Bring us the...

Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

The Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide is now available to help...

Gaming Uncensored Toon-In-Talk
Episode 38: Hamid Rahmanian

Join Whitney Grace as she speaks with artist Hamid Rahmanian, who...

No Preview
Toon-In Talk Episode 37: Niki Smith

Whitney Grace interviews graphic novel writer and artist Niki Smith about...

Toon-In Talk Episode 36: Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen takes some time from his busy voice acting schedule...