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Ghost: Rite Here Rite Now movie review


With the release of the movie Rite Here Rite Now coming on June 20 in cinemas, MetalJunkbox was invited to attend the global premiere.

The event featured an impressive guest list, including musicians like Bambie Thug, Matt Tuck from Bullet for My Valentine, Joey Tempest from Europe, some members of Creeper, well-known Radio 1 hosts and DJs Daniel P Carter, Alyx Holcombe, and Nels Hilton, as well as influencers such as Matthew Scar, Dan Webz, Alanah Bradshaw, and Knightenator, all present right before the first screening.

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Ghost’s first full-length film, Rite Here Rite Now, is a great blend of concert footage and fictional narrative, capturing the essence of one of the most innovative and theatrical bands in modern metal, which aligned very well with our expectations, due to the band’s well known care for aesthetics and impactful performances.

Directed by Tobias Forge and Alex Ross Perry, the film delivers a very beautifully shot experience that fans of the band—and the genre—are sure to enjoy.

The film is set against the backdrop of Ghost’s sold-out performances at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles, recorded in September 2023. These shows are brought to life with incredible cinematography that offers various dynamic viewpoints, from aerial shots of the chapel-like stage to intimate close-ups of the band members.

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The attention to detail in capturing the live performance is exceptional, making viewers feel as though they are part of the audience.Ghost’s theatricality is on full display throughout the concert. The setlist features some of their most popular tracks, like “Dance Macabre,” “Square Hammer,” and “Rats,” each performed with a level of showmanship that underscores the band’s reputation for spectacular live shows. The use of fire, confetti, smoke, and light displays enhances the experience, while the inclusion of spooky skeleton dancers and multiple costume changes for frontman Papa Emeritus IV (Tobias Forge) adds to the visual feast.Interspersed with the live footage are narrative segments that expand on Ghost’s long-running storyline.

These scenes take viewers backstage, where Papa Emeritus IV grapples with the impending end of his tenure as the band’s leader. These moments add some level of emotional depth to the film, continuing the longstanding fictional lore while maintaining a balance with the concert’s high-energy performances.The film’s production quality is brilliant.

The camerawork, lighting, and staging are all expertly handled, creating a seamless blend of live concert footage and narrative storytelling.

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For die-hard fans, the film is essential viewing, offering a deeper dive into the Ghost saga and hinting at what’s to come.

Despite its many strengths, the film’s narrative might be a bit confusing or long for newcomers unfamiliar with Ghost’s extensive backstory.

However, this minor criticism does little to detract from the overall impact of the film. The combination of live performances and storytelling makes Rite Here Rite Now a standout entry in the realm of music cinema.

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In conclusion, *Rite Here Rite Now* is a compelling showcase of Ghost’s talent and theatricality, capturing the band’s essence in a way that few concert films manage. With a rating of 4.5 out of 5, it’s a near-perfect celebration of Ghost’s unique blend of music and storytelling, offering something for both long-time fans and new listeners alike.

Ghost: Rite Here Rite Now movie review

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