Rite Here, Rite Now – REVIEW

Rite Here Rite Now - Toibias Forge & his band Ghost' and their film

This June sees the much anticipated release of theatrical rock n’ rollers Ghost’s biggest ritual to date, expanding their ever growing congregation to the big screen. Filmed over two sold-out nights at the renowned Kia Forum in Los Angeles, those in attendance certainly did not leave disappointed and now we have the, ‘Rite Here, Rite Now’ film.

For fans of the band following the intricate story of Ghost, the question on everyone’s lips going into this movie was “What happens to Papa Emeritus IV?”. The charismatic and current singer of ghost (Portrayed by Tobias Forge) has toured with the band for 5 years, as well as overseeing two album cycles, which is double more than any of his predecessors were allowed. For those of you not yet converted and have yet to witness any rituals, we have already seen the demise of Papa I, II and III, however Papa Zero (Also known as Papa Emeritus Nihill) still makes appearances from beyond the grave, providing guidance for his son.
There is no denying that first and foremost this is a live music production, however it goes so much more beyond that. With the intertwined cut scenes mid performance, taking us back stage for the storyline narrative, it adds a whole new dimension for the audience meaning you are less likely to want to skip any of the action.
Bursting onto the scene playing “Kaisarion”, it was clear from the very offset that the audience were hanging onto every word being sung and transfixed on the stage, which had all the pomp and ceremony expected of any Ghost show. However what sets this apart from any other type of music live production, are the well timed “behind the scenes” type segments which blend the live performance aspect with the narrative exceedingly well. With the cleverly timed cut scenes, laced with a subtle comical feeling, they perfectly seek to create an intrigue into the future direction of the Papa IV.
With the publicised ban on mobile phones for those in attendance, it added an entire new level of focus for the audience, which was apparent with the level of participation and overall atmosphere which seemed electric. Whilst its nice not to see a live piece with thousands of mobiles held up, most importantly it meant the audience attention was not diverted and it certainly showed.
The production itself is excellent, as everything from the camera angles, to the lighting/staging were brilliantly done. Comments seen online from those in attendance said it was the best they’ve seen Ghost, and from this performance you can see why. The band (made up of the nameless Ghouls) were clearly at the top of their game, and combined with the vocals of Tobias Forge and his witty mid set humour keeping the audience engaged, it has all the hallmarks of a performance to remember.
If keeping the audience guessing what will happen right to the very end was the goal of Tobias Forge when constructing the narrative, he certainly achieved that. Whilst the narrative at first may be confusing for anyone new to the world of Ghost, its certain that it will leave some with fascination to join the congregation for many more future rituals to come. In true Ghost fashion, everything has a purpose, and the cut scenes truly do culminate in a surprise right at the end which is one not to be missed.
Reviewed by Andy Brooks
We chatted with director Alex Parry Ross about the making of the film………..watch it HERE


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