Director: Rupert Sanders
Seriously Hollywood, what’s up with spoiling classic Japanese animations with over the top CGI & flat storylines. The cult classic “Ghost in the Shell” had a massive hype before being released and by the looks of the trailers, it seemed promising but I was disappointed. People loved it due to Scarlett Johansson’s body suit and some really crazy CGI but I wanted more.
Anyway, I will keep this one short with what I liked and didn’t like about this movie.
- Scarlett Johansson – of course the massive outcry of casting a white female to replace a Japanese character is not something new for us. We have already seen it when Matt Damon was casted in a Chinese fantasy “The Great Wall”. I guess the studio wanted big name and trying to cash-in Black Widow’s fame.
- Futuristic CGI – Really great especially the Mech in the final battle. The overall movie was a visual treat to watch.
- All primary characters available – The filmmakers did put an effort to pull in all the essential characters from original series. This will be beneficial in future sequels, if any.
- Scarlett Johansson – Seriously though, I love her work and movies like Lucy made her shine more as a pure lead character but she cannot win over minds and hearts of those who are not expecting someone outside their own culture to play the role.
- Confused language selection – Why would an all out English movie want to have a character who speaks Japanese only. Major’s boss, Daisuke (played by Takeshi Kitano) only speaks Japanese whereas every other character speaks English, even in their minds.
- Weak Story Development – There are so many questions unanswered as to why Major was chosen and what was her real story. Then they just pretty much skipped towards the end.
- Bodysuit – Exploitation of a female body has been taking place in any animation where the graphics guys live their fantasies through it. Same is the case with bodysuit of Major (Scarlette). I know it was the bare skin but then again, they could’ve made it darker for reducing the obvious money making mantra.
- Villian – He could have been more deadly than that. Seriously, if you have created cybernetic assassins then you know the strengths and weaknesses rather than just trying to overkill through sending hoards of soldiers to kill what you created.
It’s a one time watch and honestly I don’t see any rewatch value unless there were clues for the sequel, which I doubt they planned that way. A straight forwards animation to silver screen adaptation which in my opinion failed.