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Meeting That Special Someone Can Be A Real Adventure
Salt-of-the-earth Cole falls head over heels for enigmatic Sadie - but then makes the shocking discovery that she’s a secret agent. Before they can decide on a second date, Cole and Sadie are swept away on an international adventure to save the world.
Chris Evans and Ana de Armas’ chemistry in Knives Out has lead to many wanting to see the pair work together again. As someone who has been open to not liking that film (As I pointed out last year in my much more praise-worthy review of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery), I can say that the idea of having them together for a film again was intriguing to me as well. Enter the new Apple TV+ streaming movie from Skydance in Ghosted, which sees the two actors getting to be onscreen with each other once again for an action-romance comedy.
More than a few of the reviews I’ve seen for this one have been brutal; some have even given the film what would be comparable to D-tier grades for it. There’s no way its that bad right? Well no; its not. I’ve seen much worse than this, comparing this to movies like a 365 Days or a The Murder Of Nicole Brown Simpson is way too hyperbolic even by some critics’ standards.
There were moments that got some genuine laughs out of me and Adrian Brody plays the lead villain in the movie, clearly having a blast as a stereotypical dark action movie baddie stuck in a comedy. There’s also some attempts at character arcs that I appreciated, and the movie for the most part is a pretty inoffensive generic flick that you could watch to fill time on a lazy day - even though you’ll barely remember it by the end of the month much less the end of the year.
But its not a movie I can give anything higher than a C+ grade to. The chemistry between our leads isn’t as invisible as I’ve seen other critics claim, but its not great either. There’s some bizarre sound mixing options with the dialogue that leads to some bad ADR moments, and the script feels so predictable with lines of dialogue that are so mediocre many have started meme-ing that they were written by an AI bot. The comedy also has plenty misses to match the times it did get a chuckle out of me. And finally there’s some cheap cameos in this that start out fun and then just get plain obnoxious by the end.
Ultimately you get what amounts to the definition of an uninspired, generic movie you’d typically see in a straight-to-streamer release, but with big names and a bigger budget than usual attached. While nowhere near as bad as some have graded it as, Ghosted is ultimately nothing special that left more apathetic than happy or angry about having seen it.