I must admit that it took me a while to enjoy this film. The pace is slow with drawn out scenes, but eventually it turns into something amazing. The first half of the film is extremely slow, reminiscent of Steve McQueen's (12 Years a Slave, Hunger) directing style. However once you get past the slow pace of the first half, the film quickly speeds up. During one of the drawn-out scenes that focuses on Rooney Mara eating a whole pie, I felt like I was being held hostage by Lowery's choice of direction. I felt like I needed to escape from my scene because of the boring content on the screen. I still believe that the scene could have been cut a bit shorter, but I understand that Lowery deemed it necessary for the audience to see.
Once the second half starts to pick up, I truly enjoyed this film as a fine piece of indie cinema. It is like nothing I have ever seen before. The originality is astonishing, with what starts off as a touching love story and ends in sheer oddity. Casey Affleck creates an interesting character, even though he just stands under a bedsheet most of the time. This is a film that can be used for discussion and will take a few watchings to understand, or at least comprehend. I would love to have a discussion about the film's meaning if anyone has some ideas about the ending.
The Bottom Line: From a director that just released a Disney blockbuster, A Ghost Story reveals Lowery's originality in indie filmmaking.