Spy action combined with romantic comedy is an odd duo but it’s not anything new in the world of movies. Thanks to Apple TV+, we have a new entry into the genre, Ghosted, which stars Ana de Armas and Chris Evans as the main leads. The film follows Cole Turner, a farm boy selling plants at a farmers market where he coincidentally meets the mysterious Sadie. After an all-night date, Cole realizes he’s being ghosted by her but decides to take a trip to London which only leads him to be caught up in an international CIA mission.
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As far as spy actions and romantic comedies go, Ghosted manages to maintain a decent amount of entertaining moments throughout the first half as it introduces its main characters, antagonists, and the general premise of the film. It’s very clear from the get-go that this is attempting to switch roles around, pitting Chris Evans as the one needing saving while Ana de Armas takes action to complete her mission. While it’s not an original concept, it’s mildly refreshing while providing some humor to the plot overall as antics run wild.
There is some potential in what is intended to be a fun, laid back movie but that quickly disappears in the second hour of the fun. Instead, Ghosted feels as if it wants to switch genres midway, as it takes on a much more serious tone. Previously explained backstories are used to generate drama which, frankly, feels so dull and out of place. The shift in the direction becomes confusing and lacks focus as we see our main characters behave in a way that is uncomfortably toxic, and had me questioning why either continued to pursue one another.
Chris Evans is perhaps one of only two highlights of the film, particularly as someone who is no stranger to romantic comedies which allows his performance to be worthwhile and believable. If another reason needed to watch this film, it might be the cameos that last no more than 10 minutes in total. But outside of that, there is nothing interesting coming from Ana de Armas, and certainly none of the on-screen chemistry that we witnessed between the two back in Rian Johnson’s Knives Out. Rather, whatever “tension” that is consistently mentioned throughout the film feels forced and uncomfortable. Adrian Brody aims to be a menacing antagonist but fails with a distracting accent and boring presence.
Ghosted barely makes itself a worthwhile film to watch with most of it feeling unnatural as it plummets in fun by the second half. Chris Evans attempts to be the saving grace of the film but there was never any saving this film. It feels as if it is ultimately a lackluster attempt at reviving a genre that perhaps was meant to stay in the past. If you’re someone who has put this movie off, regardless of reason, this might be your sign to keep putting it off. Instead, you might be better off ghosting it until a sick day comes around where you can put on this one-time watch.
Ghosted receives 1.5 out of 5 Samosas.
Ghosted is streaming on Apple TV+.
Runtime: 1h 56m