Mini Review: We Have Ghost
The discovery that their house is haunted by a ghost named Ernest makes Kevin's family a social media sensation. But when Kevin and Ernest get to the bottom of the mystery of Ernest's past, they become targets of the CIA.
David Harbour, Anthony Mackie, and Jahi Di'Allo
While at concept that at its core is very simple, 'We Have A Ghost' is one of Netflix's best originals in years. A well constructed heartfelt story with an all star cast lifts this film out of a hole it could have easily found itself in.
For playing a character with a total of 3 lines the entire film, David Harbour does a fantastic job. He acts with his eyes a shows a lot of emotion and power through that. His character and Jahi's character Kevin have a great relationship that really held the film together. There's a really fun road trip aspect that is a great addition, separating them from the rest of the story and giving them time to bond.
For one of the leading actors, Anthony Mackie didn't have as big of a role as I expected. Even though his presence was slim I do think it worked in the films favor by making the scene between him and his son more impactful. The film has a very great family aspect. It doesn't feel forced and they go through problems and interact with each other in ways an actual family would which is often rare to see in cheesier comedy films.
The film's biggest flaw for me in the antagonist. I won't go into spoilers but the actual end reveal of the film I do think is well done, the government storyline is where I feel the film falls a bit flat. While in a situation like this the government is bound to make an appearance, they just come off as pushover assholes. None of the characters are likeable or redeemable no matter how hard the film tries to.
While this movie won't be an oscar contender, it's a great film to watch with your family. It has heart, humor, and an overall great story. It's not perfect as some of the characters are bland and the CGI can be iffy, but at the end of the day it does what it was made to do... entertain.