I just watched Ghost World
again, after a gap of about 5 years. This time around I'd just read the complete Ghost World
which collected all the strips, and also had additional stuff including the original script of the film. And I found it a very difficult film to watch.
The pacing is extremely slow and with it's like watching a train wreck in slow motion (especially the version I watched which was 137 minutes over the theatrical release of 111 minutes). Rebecca
gets demoted to a supporting character (and seems very dull) and Seymour
, I think perhaps Seymour (who was barely in the comic) should have been a main character, but in a different
film. Of course the comic was episodic in nature rather than a continuous story, so they did well to adapt this at all. Perhaps though that's why Josh was demoted to a minor character and Seymour replaces him and Rebecca in many scenes.
I went over to the IMDB board for the film
and it's evident that many misunderstood the ending, thinking that Enid died or committed suicide. But the film (much more than the comics) is about that period between being a teenager and becoming an adult.
It's funny thinking about where the two main actors after the film. Scarlett Johansson's (Rebecca) career took off after this with over 30 films to her credit (think Black Widow
) but Thora Birch (Enid) has only done 12 films since. Steve Buscemi (Seymour) being a character actor has done 50+ films. Not that the number of films counts for everything, but to me it shows an interesting balance and a period of transition for them, much like the characters in the film.