Kevin McCallister wrote:
Ampersand wrote:I named my dead cat after Casper Van Dien.
Innkeepers is about as good as it gets. Ya'll are nuts. I can't think of a film that better captures that crushing, melancholy feeling of the death of a small business/mid-20s ennui & aimlessness. And then to make those stories thematically parallel/intersecting with a ghost story? Brilliant.
This is interesting but I feel that the "mid-20s ennui" overshadows it. They don't seem to mourn the inn, there's no owner-figure around to add to the tragedy
Yup, but I wonder if that's sort of the point (I love that the owner is on vacation or something and couldn't even bother to be around for the final weekend). The hotel itself becomes the major figure worth mourning over. We get lots of little intimations that it has a real history, and that the hotel itself is actually sort of resisting being obsolete, forgotten, and unoccupied (it's making new ghosts, after all). The characters' disregard for that history is what sort of dooms them, too--Luke wants to preserve the hotel's paranormal history on his Geocities website only in order to launch himself as a Ghost Hunter, while Claire fails to realize she has literally no place else to go (which is where the two strands I've pointed out entwine: the end of the business is, for all intents and purposes, the end of her aimless wheel-spinning. The economy leads to the ends of both, and, yeah, the chilling part is that no one else in the film seems to care about that.)