Ghost (1990) Review

After a young man named Sam is murdered his spirit is not ready to leave Molly behind, so he must warn her that she is in danger with the reluctant help from Oda Mae Brown a psychic who he can communicate with.


Sam (Patrick Swayze) and Molly (Demi Moore) are a young couple very much in love and have just moved into a lovely new apartment together. Ghost contains one of the most spoofed and well known scenes, in the pottery making with Unchained Melody playing over it as the pair embrace and quite frankly it is extremely hot. This makes Sam’s murder even more tragic seeing what he is being taken away from. He is not ready to go to heaven yet though, he must protect his lover Molly from the danger she faces.

Spiritualist Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) who can hear him, is probably more shocked than anyone else by this considering she had been lying and pretty much robbing a living pretending she can talk to ghosts/spirits. This addition makes for some much needed comic relief and it works so effortlessly and the film takes a slightly different turn at this point, whilst still keeping the love story we also get some amusing moments.

Whoopi Goldberg won an Oscar for her role in this film. She really was just fantastic and so funny, even just by the way she was walking while wearing a certain outfit was hilarious and how crazy she looked shouting at Sam when she could not see him and no-one else could hear him. Patrick Swayze had to have already had his millions of female fans from “Dirty Dancing” three years before this film came out, so I am assuming that they all flocked to see this film which made it such a hit. It is still so well loved now and often on TV. Demi Moore was also very good, struggling to deal with the grief of losing the love of her life.

The final scene where Sam eventually goes has to be so heart breaking but lovely all at the same time which is quite a strange combination. But happy in the way that he is now going on to another place and that he made sure Molly was going to be alright without him and allowing her to move on.

I think this film brings up the very interesting point of what happens when we die and what happens to our loved ones. If they are in trouble can we stay to ensure they are alright or is that it for everything and you are just gone. I always remember watching this film when I was little and that scared me that I did not know what was going to happen after dying but its not like I know any different now but it does not scare me anymore. I think this film teaches us to make every moment count and never take anything for granted as you really never know when your time could be up. I would imagine a lot of people decided to watch this film upon hearing Patrick Swayze’s death and found it more sad than any other time that they watched it. I think this will remain his most well known film (along with Dirty Dancing) I am quite interested in which is the most popular.

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