GHOST IN THE SHELL: Review ( Mild Spoilers)
I was truly concerned that this movie wouldn’t satisfy me as a fan. Even though, for me, the accusations of whitewashing were baseless, to begin with. I was concerned that they may have westernized or washed out some of the GITS flavors that I know and love.
Well, I went in expecting to be disappointed and I came out grinning ear to ear. I laughed as I watched Aramaki be a down right bad ass. The relationship between Major and Batou was freakin’ spot on. The world building was incredible and the film for me very much has its own atmosphere which I was not expecting but thoroughly enjoyed. The visuals and cinematography are superb. The plot is soft enough to not be wrapped in star wars prequelesque dialogue scenes but does start to skim the surface of the philosophy of GITS. There’s a lot of philosophy to represent, and that’s not easy to do in a movie designed to capture and keep attention, but they did it. The fan service was brilliant and I loved it. It was visually stunning. Scarjo was an excellent study of the Major, Michael Pitt is great as always. It was not tacky or cliché at all.
The casting debate for me was total nonsense and implies a massive ignorance of the origins of Kusanagi and the choice of a generic cyborg shell. I am actually quite happy with the origin of this interpretation of the character. Making a runaway with concerns about technological integration into a cyborg was for me a nice touch. There isn’t a real twist in this film, more of a gradual unraveling as to what is going on which is also nice. Two aspects they can look at fixing if they ever get a sequel, character development of Section 9 members and the soundtrack should have a nod to original in the film, not just the end credits.
The prop work from WETA was first class and I would say only twice did the CG pull me from the film.
This movie won’t be for everyone. It’s sci-fi and intellectual, not as deep as the original cause it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. But it’s good. It’s a classic. And I, for one, am genuinely gratified and impressed. I hope the numbers for this film pickup because it definitely does not deserve the hate it is currently on. I also hope that maybe some of the die-hards will give it a chance as this could be a great starting point for a series.
Men of Comics Ratings: (3.5 / 5)