A Film4-backed short directed by Kibwe Tavares and starrnig Daniel Kaluuya
Zac Efron sees dead people in a weepy romantic drama
A film with a very simple plot, Charlie St Cloud is an exploration of the title character's relationship with his dead brother, a ghost with whom he plays baseball on a regular basis. Charlie St Cloud can see other ghosts too, but he doesn't play baseball with them. That would be ridiculous. This isn't Sixth Sense meets the World Series. It's a serious drama. About a man's love of playing baseball with his dead kid brother.
Almost worth watching just for the host of unintentionally hilarious moments, your tolerance for this film will depend on your tolerance of three things. The first of these things, obviously, is 'Ghost Whisperer' style shenannigans where Zac Efron talks to ghosts. The second is Zac Efron's face - the camera loves him, baby. The third is Zac Efron's acting.
Here's he's struggling with yet another project (cf. Me And Orson Welles) where he's mostly just expected to look, like, totally dreamy. When he does get to bust out some actual emoting, he's not bad, but unfortunately the film is, so rather than going away thinking Zac Efron is a potentially decent actor, we leave wondering why he's putting his talents to use in the service of 'Ghost Whisperer' style shenanigans about baseball-playing ghosts.
"Life is for living", according to the tagline for The Death And Life Of Charlie St Cloud, so with that in mind, let's all go play baseball in the park with some ghosts, rather than wasting our time watching this silly, silly film.
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