A Ghost Story: A Journey, A Piece of Cinema
Viewers of cinema have often heard that certain films are not for them. However, if the film is a complete work it means the film is for all the viewers of cinema. The films that are deemed not for every viewer are often considered art films aimed not at a mass market audience. It is true when it comes to films the taste of the viewer plays a huge factor. Certain viewers enjoy the fast-paced action thrillers. Some enjoy viewing cars turning into giant robots whether logic matters or not.
There is a term that's being utilized when it comes to films such as Transformers and The Avengers. The term is fun. The viewers of this type of cinema solely believe these films exist to entertain. It is true that they are, though to an extent. The viewers of this type of cinema often don't focus on what's important outside the frame and what importance means when it comes to cinema. When it comes to cinema, it is the essentiality of the art and photography that a viewer must pay attention to.
If the viewer is occupied with robots crushing through the buildings and iconic characters taken out of the comic-books that viewer has a less chance of comprehending the essence of the cinema frame. About fifty-percent of the viewers, who deem films like Transformers and The Avengers essential form of entertainment, if instead art films are given the opportunity by them, not only these viewers will be contributing to what cinema actually is, but also comprehend the power and magic of the frame. These viewers are not going to be deemed standing far from understanding that entertainment, after all, is not nonsensical explosions; floating cities; robots turning into cars.
A Ghost Story is an example of a complete film. To view a film exactly opposite of this kind of work the viewer will miss the chance of understanding something important. Film viewing is studying. It is a source of education. It's like reading a book. Man reads for the purpose of being entertained, but he, first and foremost, reads in order to learn something.
Lowery's frames create the atmosphere in A Ghost Story. The film is a journey the viewer takes along with the filmmaker. His frames consist of silences and long takes. The viewers can see the realism presented artistically, yet also witness the transformation and change in front of their eyes. In other words, A Ghost Story is a mysterious process that a viewer becomes part of. One of the most fascinating aspects of the film is that it's imaginary. It lacks the suspense intentionally. It's the exact opposite of what Shyamalan did with The Sixth Sense.
The Sixth Sense is written and directed to thrill the viewer. A Ghost Story is written and directed to not thrill. It exists to make the viewer wonder instead. Like, Shyamalan, Lowery, too, makes the viewer question, but also helps establishing a journey into oneself.
Lower's scenes also capture the reality of the frame. Frame of slow cinema, almost. The viewer looks through this frame of an imaginary world to comprehend the symbolism the frame contains. The windows, the door frames within the deep shots are signs via which the filmmaker communicates with the viewer. The pace of the film, slow, and often the camera in a still position for long, presents the opportunity for the viewer to observe. There's an odd openness to the film. That's what the viewer must find fascinating. It feels personal when the film is viewed and paid attention to. There's no other way or an excuse have left for the viewer. One must just accept what he is seeing. What he is going through with the characters. It's a journey. That's what makes A Ghost Story an ethereal piece of absolute cinema.