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The world through non-tinted Glasses,
This review is from: Ghost World [DVD]  (DVD)
When I first watched the opening sequence to the film, I thought that someone had switched the films in the box - I was greeted by a brash '60's Cuban/Bollywood kitsch dance routine. About 40 seconds later, the viewpoint changed to a window-view of isolated individuals in their apartments, ending up, focusing on the heroine of the story, Enid, dancing around in her bedroom to the music.
Enid, and her best friend Rebecca, graduate from high-school into the world with a sarcstic and arrogant attitude about the people who co-habit the city with them. They have an opinion about everything, and are not afraid to vocalise their contempt, and make mockery out of life in general. One incident, however, backfires on Enid, when she spots a personals ad in the paper from a man who is searching for someone he met once in an airport(Seymour). She makes a prank call to observe him at the meeting point that she has set up, but begins to develop the first pangs of consiense when she sees him.
In her bid to make a conection, and to discover something different to the current 'fad', Enid discovers a kindred spirit in Seymour, particularly with the music. Seymour may be an introverted misfit, but he also has a spurious view on the idiots that he co-habits the planet with, choosing to spurn a puerile social life and replace it by obsessively collecting old vinyl singles.
As the film progresses, it focuses on Enid's relationships with people and the world around her as the comfortable buffer-zone of high-school retracts and the cocky opinionated young girl begins to adapt to her new place in the world.
Ghost World works very well, because the film adapts with Enid's transgression. Part of her rebels at every trite comment made, and sees a world filled with losers and geeks. Another part of her is trying to conform to this society in some way or else she will become one of these losers.
Personally, I felt that on occasion, the film would lose itself, and on occasion, seemed to get drawn out into scenes where nothing of interest or consequence was conveyed. However, there are some brilliant performances that more than compensate, the characters are well-placed and tragi-comic, from the opinionated art-teacher who seems not to have a clue,the old guy at the out-of-service bus terminal who is waiting for the bus, and the man who uses an Apple Mac to solve the trivia question of the day in a local cafe, up to the main characters themselves.
Ghost World is not a roller-coaster of hilarity, but rather, a wry, enjoyable look at adulthood from a novice adult.