Just rewatched Ghost World after a long, long while and I love that film. No, it’s not a horror flick, despite what the title may conjure up, but a film about teenage alienation and suburban stagnation. What I love is the way in which you are at first drawn towards Enid as a disillusioned and slightly quirky teenager, but slowly the film makes you realise that although there are some harsh things in her life, she’s really angry at the world not because she thinks it’s cool, but because she refuses to compromise at all. She’s alienated because she chooses to be. Ultimately, though, the film accepts that it’s not always in our power to change things, but we always have the choice to leave. And when you finally want to just get the hell out of somewhere or something, there’s only one way to do it: just stand up and leave.
Read my full Ghost World review.