July '17 - Ghost In The Shell (2017).
a spoiler free review. I won't mention any
specifics about the plot itself. There is an
amazing story twist at the end of the movie
which would be ruined if known beforehand.
always been a big fan of anime. Ghost In The
Shell was one of the first animes I ever saw
and it's still the best. As well as the
original anime there's also been a partial
remake of the original called Ghost In The
Shell 2.0, a sequel called Innocence, a
series called Stand Alone Complex, a second
series called Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig, an
abridged version of the first series known as
The Laughing Man, an abridged version of the
2nd Gig series known as The Individual Eleven,
a movie length spin off of the series called
Solid State Society and a totally new series
called Ghost In The Shell Arise. Then of
course there's the original manga comics.
There are three story cannons in the animes
so it can get a little confusing.
live action movie was announced I was excited
but at the same time apprehensive especially
when I heard Scarlett Johansson would play
the lead role. There was also a lot of heated
discussion online about Hollywood
whitewashing movies and not understanding the
nuances and culture of anime. There were
requests to boycott the movie.
trailer was released I felt a little easier
as it was clear that the movie was set in
Japan and while a lot of the cast weren't
Japanese there was still as least some
respect paid of the original anime. I decided
not to read any reviews or watch anything
more about the movie until it came out so I
could have a genuine unbiased opinion of it.
I didn't see it at the cinema and instead
waited until it came out on DVD/Blu-ray.
likely receive a lot of hate for saying this,
especially from anime fans, but I enjoyed the
movie. In fact I loved it and will certainly
watch it again. Incidentally if you've never
seen the Ghost In The Shell anime you'll
likely enjoy it even more as you won't be
comparing scenes and instead feel you're
watching something totally new.
a lot of CGI, especially the opening scenes,
which gives it an unintentional animated look
to it which is a little off putting for a
live action movie. The way the movie's lit
reminded me a little of The Matrix while the
overall style was an exaggerated look of the
anime resulting in a Blade Runner feel.
story begins with an unseen accident where
upon a woman is rushed to the hospital having
almost drowned. Both her parents died in the
accident. She comes too and is shocked to
discover she's been placed inside a robot
body. A year later she joins a police unit
known as Section 9 where upon she swears that
she will get revenge upon the terrorist that
killed her parents. That's the opening of the
movie and I won't say any more than that
because of spoilers.
Johansson plays the lead character Major Mira
Killian and is convincing in her role being
both tough and venerable at the same time.
The movie also respects the anime in that it's
not all about action, there's a lot of
computer hacking and intelligence gathering
A lot of
the scenes are similar to scenes from the
original anime as well as its sequel, but
shown in a completely different setting.
These could be seen as a homage, to please
the existing fans, but on a personal level I
would have preferred if everything was
totally new. It could also be seen as a
prequel to the anime especially due to the
way it ends, but to be honest it doesn't
really matter. With the original anime having
three story cannons having a movie outside of
that doesn't effect it.
summary if you're a fan of the anime don't
judge this movie until you've seen it in its
entirety, but if you've never seen the anime
then you're still going to enjoy it.
The Major needs repairs.
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