Initially this was going to be just a review of the 2017 Ghost In The Shell movie but I realized there’s so much more to talk about on the Ghost In The Shell topic than just than just the 2017 movie.
The original Ghost in the Shell anime movie (1995) is a cult classic, so naturally this 2017 American adaptation had big shoes to fill.
Growing up I’ve learnt that science fiction isn’t really fiction at all. For example the 1990 Total Recall showcased the video calling technology (which was a myth then) but in 2017 this is very normal. I think they should just drop the “fiction” tag, since we are merely being shown the future disguised as fantasy. With FAIR (Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research) creating bots that can learn their own language and even LIE, we’re not far from the scenarios depicted in the Terminator movie series. Anyway back to the topic…
The biggest “flaw” or disadvantage if you will, is the relation to it’s predecessor.
PG-13 Rating? WTF?
There is some serious violence here and it manages to get away with a PG-13 rating. How? The anime movie was R-rated. I get it, ScarJo (that’s Scarlett’s nickname) didn’t want to go through most of the movie nude, hence the silicone, which is why we get no nipples. Spoiler alert for those that saw the anime and were expecting this.
I get that they wanted to widen their audience but ummmm…. ANYHOOO…..
The Shallow Characters
Besides Batou (who has a few memorable moments) the Sector 9 squad is as irrelevant as the Joker in Suicide Squad. They only get like 5 seconds of screen time. No connection is built between the audience and the characters.
The Irony of this whole movie
There has been talk of “whitewashing”, which started as ScarJo was cast to play Major. Now here’s the funny/sad/WTF part. Major is a 13/14 year-old Asian girl, whose mind is transplanted into a Caucasian cyborg and given a new identity and made to work for this “corporation”. Sounds familiar?
If that doesn’t sound familiar, please watch the movie Get Out!
Not As Engaging As It Should Be
The cinematography is mind-blowing, but the storyline loses you between the action sequences. This is what really grinded my gears about this movie. It’s too dumbed down. I can get that they may draw out the storyline to push for a sequel but eish!
Those are just my thoughts, see you in part of this review.