Science fiction and fantasy
directed by David Koepp
Ghost Town has elements of a romantic comedy, although with a lead as unlikely as Ricky Gervais it leans more towards comedy. It has the kind of dry, deadpan humour that Gervais is best known for, good for a few wry chuckles rather than a constant barrage of belly laughs.
Leoni arouses our sympathy as the bereaved Gwen who is just trying to get her life back together, whilst Kinnear is entertaining as her self-obsessed and adulterous former husband. The trouble is, the character of Bertram Pincus not only has a silly name, he's also so misanthropic that he's not very likeable. When he gets his own way he seems smug, yet when he's down on his luck it's hard to feel sorry for him, since he always brings it on himself. It's not always clear what we're meant to feel for this character, so in the end all he evokes is indifference.
With a trite message about the importance of helping other people, Ghost Town is hardly groundbreaking. It's funny and touching in places, but dull in others. This movie is only essential viewing for the most die-hard fans of Ricky Gervais.
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