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We Have A Ghost      review by Bobby Blakey

While it didn’t work as well as I had hoped for me, Happy Death Day and its sequel were definitely fresh takes on an old trope blending comedy with horror. Director Christopher Landon proved to be a fun filmmaker and returned with the awesome Freaky. Now he is taking on the haunted world of ghosts with his latest film We Have A Ghost starring Anthony Mackie, David Harbour, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Tig Notaro, Isabello Russo, Niles Fitch, and Jennifer Coolidge. Could Landon have another fun hit on his hands or will it be a ghost not worth seeing?

We Have A Ghost follows Kevin and his family that move into a new home and find themselves haunted by a ghost named Ernest. But when Kevin and Ernest go rogue to investigate the mystery of Ernest's past, they become a target of the CIA.

Before I even knew Landon was even involved I thought this film looked like a fun ride. Knowing how he has crafted his previous films and with this cast I was ready for a haunting good time and it did not disappoint. On the surface it seems like a silly goofy film, but there is actually a lot more here than you might expect. They have taken the ghost story and infused it with laughs, heart, sadness and so much more to craft something fun and original.

The story seems pretty straight forward on the surface and when we first meet the ghost played to perfection by David Harbour the fun begins. One of the most unexpected and creative aspects of the film is the fact that he doesn’t speak the entire film. This just brings some laughs and also a sadness to his character once his story begins to unfold.

The rest of the cast are great as well, but its Harbour and Jahi Di’Allo Winston that carry this film and they have a great awkward chemistry in this unique situation. As it plays out they are more and more connected creates touching connection. It’s one of those strange and weird stories that shouldn’t work, but just does.

For this to work at all you have to buy into the ghost element and it is all kinds of cool. We have seen all sorts of effects used for this kind of thing, but this might be my favorite variation ever. It not only looks great but they do some fun creative things with it and makes it a visual treat that you are able to buy into with the rest of the film.

Decide for yourself and check out We Have A Ghost streaming now on Netflix.  

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