Review: Ghost in the Shell

Thumbs up or thumbs down? Simple, spoiler free reviews.

Major is the first of her kind: a human who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, she discovers that everything she has been told is a lie. Her life was not saved. It was stolen.

ghost_in_the_shell_282017_film29Ghost in the Shell is the 2017 American science fiction action film adaptation of the Japanese manga, of the same name. The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Chin Han and Juliette Binoche.

I enjoyed Ghost In The Shell. It’s almost that simple. I’ve never read the original manga or watched any of the anime so I don’t know how it really holds up to any of those. All I know is that I enjoyed this film.

The film looks great. The world they create with all of the huge 3D hologram advertisements is really interesting to look at and I like the overall style of the film.

Johansson’s nude coloured bodysuit just seems like an awkward attempt to attract teenage boys into the theatre under the pretence of seeing her ‘naked’. I did look into the original to see if it rings true and it sort of does. It just still seems a little sleazy and unnecessary.

From my perspective there isn’t all that much wrong with the film. I’m not convinced that it hits its core concepts out of the park though in honesty, but it does okay in the time it had. This is the sort of thing that would be really cool to see as a series. Letting everything breathe and then you can flesh out an awesome looking world even more.

I have seen some people complaining ‘why bother making an adaption if you aren’t going to stick to the source material’. You can ask the same question for plenty of films made to be honest. Sometimes decisions make sense, others they just seem bonkers.

I’m not going to get into the whole ‘Hollywood White Washing’ saga. Yes Johansson’s character was originally Japanese but when you’re making movies for western audiences, it does make sense make sense to cast a well-known western actor to bring in the crowds. It’s all about money after all. It’s a massive grey area of ethics and that’s all I’m going to say.

From a casual point of view of someone who has not seen the source material, Ghost in the Shell is definitely worth a watch.

Verdict: Thumbs Up

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