Thursday, February 5, 2009

Ghost Town

Movie: Ghost Town
Like/Don't Like: Like. Ricky Gervais makes me giggle a lot. And squirm. He makes me squirm.

You know how sometimes you watch the Office and Michael Scott is just so embarrassing that you squirm a little? Well, he is nothing to Ricky Gervais in the original British version of the Office. Whenever I watch him I want to hide my head under a pillow because I know that something incredibly awkward is going to happen.

This is how I felt through about the first 30 minutes of this movie because just seeing Ricky Gervais gives me kind of a squirmy feeling. But I was pleasantly surprised that he was the funny, only slightly awkward version of himself, rather than the run from the room because you're so embarrassed for an entirely fictional character kind of awkward.

Maybe it was the anticipation of squirminess that made me feel it wasn't as hysterically funny as several people had told me it was. I did think it was funny, and I did laugh out loud quite a few times.* But I think I was expecting a romp. And it wasn't. It was actually quite touching at times. Which, I think in the end, I preferred.

*I'm more of a giggler in movies. It takes a lot to make me laugh out loud during one.

1 comment:

Rach said...

Rachel, we share a brain. I loved the movie, and was prepared for complete awkwardness, but was pleasantly surprised by Gervais' performance. I think Greg Kinnear can do anything. He is hilarious in Stuck on You, totally self-absorbed in Little Miss Sunshine, and a complete slimeball in this one. My favorite role of his, though, is Simon in As Good As it Gets.