Monday, 23 November 2009

(500) Films of Empire - Day 69

266 - Ghost World - 4 stars
One of the first comic book movies that wasn't targeted at the young Marvel/D.C. market. Based on the graphic novel by Daniel Clowes, it was the first comic book adaptation to be nominated for an Oscar for its screenplay, proof that Hollywood was starting to take the genre seriously after the travesty of Batman & Robin.
A tale of the disaffection of youth, as two friends spend the summer indulging in slackerdom, playing pranks on people, etc. But soon the pressure to conform to society forces the girls to drift apart as Rebecca accepts the responsibility yet Enid rebels, growing closer to a fellow loser/geek in Seymour.
It is great to see Steve Buscemi in a role that gives him more to do than just be "the guy that's kinda funny looking", though Fargo is on the list. He brings a warmth and sensitivity to the luckless Seymour, and the friendship between Enid and himself is completely believable.
Thora Birch is also excellent as Enid, delivering on the promise she showed in American Beauty.
Proves that comic books don't always have to be costumed heroes fighting each other, but about the type of people who read comics.

Top 5 comic book/graphic novel movies:
1. The Dark Knight
2. Sin City
3. Iron Man
4. X2
5. Ghost World

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