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Ghosted (2023) Review

This is a review for the 2023 movie “Ghosted”. This Apple TV film sees a re-union of Knives Out co-stars Ana de Armas and Chris Evans in a romantic comedy meets spy thriller. It’s received a lot of criticism, is it warranted?

What is Ghosted about?

Ghosted narrates the tale of Cole (played by Evans) and Sadie (portrayed by de Armas). Cole is a clingy, hopelessly romantic man who recently ended a relationship. On the other hand, Sadie prioritizes her work and struggles to keep a houseplant, let alone a romantic relationship. Please, stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Additionally, Sadie works for the CIA, and due to several misunderstandings, they both get embroiled in a worldwide conspiracy. Leveque, played by Adrien Brody, pursues them.

The movie’s plot is quite ordinary, and it fails to stand out. Some online jokes even suggest that an AI could have written it, which isn’t completely unfair. The story lacks depth, leaving the success of the film to depend on the chemistry between the lead actors and the comedy. We’ll see how that plays out.

Ghosted (2023) Review

Unfortunately, the chemistry between the two main actors is severely lacking, which is disappointing considering their enjoyable performance in Knives Out. Additionally, neither of the characters is very likable, and Evans’ portrayal of a “clingy romantic” often feels creepy. Although de Armas looks stunning throughout the movie, her performance as the most fearsome CIA agent is not entirely convincing.

The movie plays things extremely safe, to the point that Uptown Funk is needle-dropped in the final fight. There’s nothing interesting happening here, either with the romance or with the spy thriller. The jokes, for the most part, fall flat. There is, however, a fun scene involving bounty hunters about midway through the film – which has some pay-off later on. There’s also a lot of cameos, which some might find enjoyable.

Despite its flaws, I didn’t hate the movie. It lacked soul and was unimpressive, but it served as a decent way to pass the time on a Sunday afternoon. Managing one’s expectations may have played a part in that, but the film is not offensively bad; it’s just not particularly good.

I did enjoy Brody’s performance, but that may just be because he’s Adrien Brody.

Who should watch this movie?

If you enjoy cheesy spy thriller romances, a la Knight and Day, then you’d probably get something out of this. With low expectations and a beverage at hand, you may even have a great time. You could make a game out of spotting the cameos, there’s plenty of points available there.

If that doesn’t sound appealing to you, then steer clear. Equally, if you’re a big fan of Evans and/or de Armas, you might want to look away. This isn’t them at their best, but they’ll come back around soon – no doubt.

This was a review for the 2023 movie “Ghosted”. Did you enjoy this movie or did it leave you feeling as prickly as a cactus? Let us know in the comments below.

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