revisiting 'Ghost Dog'


It's rare that one would enjoy a movie as well as first time. That's the case with Ghost Dog, a movie devoid of any flashy imagery or decent cinematography. The lead, the title character, is portrayed so well by Forest Whitaker, and the movie is littered with what looks like meaningless signatures (tragedy at the end, the idiocy of the villains, the dog, RZA); the relationships Ghost Dog has with the French guy and the young girl are beautiful, coloring what is otherwise a dark, dull, and ugly world; the movie itself feels purposeless (if we don't count its entertainment value). [older review]