The Stream: A bit boring and corny
The Big Screen: Solid ending and a couple funny parts
The Final Bill: A nice family flick– S2S: Movie Review
Director: Christopher Landon
Writers: Christopher Landon (screenplay by), Geoff Manaugh (based on the short story “Ernest” by)
Stars: Jahi Di’Allo Winston, David Harbour, Anthony Mackie
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Runtime: 2 Hours
Production Companies: Legendary Entertainment, Temple Hill Entertainment
Platform: Netflix released February 24, 2023
Welcome back to Stream To Big Screen, baby! *Louisiana Drawl* This past weekend we were able to watch a ghost movie … in Fe-boo-ary! We Have A Ghost was released on Netflix on February 24th starring Anthony Mackie and Jahi Winston. The movie follows a family seeking a fresh start when they move into a dusty fixer-upper they soon realize has a ghost in the attic named Ernest (David Harbour). Ernest and Jahi Winston form a relationship despite his veiled attempts to scare him away. Winston’s character doesn’t give up trying to help Ernest move on into the afterlife. Family fun and hijinks ensue while the government tries to shut the whole thing down. Let’s see how it turned out.
First off, Jahi Winston is super talented. We’ve seen it in other movies on the acting front, but he’s singing and playing guitar in this movie so naturally. Nevertheless, for as talented as he is, some of Winston’s I’m-too-cool-for-school acting in this movie also comes off as boring or lifeless. We get it you’re not shook by a ghost, but that doesn’t mean be flat. Anyway, being paired with Anthony Mackie was a nice fit. Mackie is very versatile as well and easily transitions between comedic pieces and emotional scenes. Now, the random star of this movie is Hopper. Excuse me, I mean David Harbour. To me, it literally made no sense why they paid a known actor like Harbour to play an almost 100% speechless role. He does a pretty good job as the ghost but also he’s quite underutilized. Everyone else in the flick is forgettable at best, but, overall, the cast fits the flick. Just like the vast majority of the cast being average, the same goes for the plot EXCEPT for the ending. The plot as it went along was quite obvious but the execution of the ending, even though short, was well done.
Long story short, We Have A Ghost is a cute streaming movie. Ultimately, the movie needed a bit more crazy or scary elements throughout to keep the viewer’s interest. As it stands, the movie is absolutely watchable but nothing to rush for. Grab a handful of popcorn and enjoy this flick when you get a chance.