Ghost in the Shell is available in: English [Original] English – Audio Description on Netflix Canada
Ghost in the Shell
In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: a human saved from a terrible crash, then cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals.
Saved from death and resurrected as a cyborg, Major Kusanagi heads a task force hunting cybercriminals. But one hacker has far more grandiose plans.
The visuals were absolutely breath taking. The action scenes flowed so beautifully with special effects. But that’s all the movie had to offer. Take away the spectacles and you have a basic run-of-the-mill action movie.
The acting was fine. But honestly, the leads didn’t have anything to actually sink their teeth into. Scarjo, and everyone else, was serviceable.
If you’re looking for some mindless, yet stunning entertainment, then go see it.
beforehand about the controversies that have surrounded this movie for
the last 6 months or so. Science fiction movies are probably my
favorite genre and I also enjoyed most of Scarlett’s movies for the
past 8-9 years so those two factors were a plus for me going in.
Regarding the whitewashing business, I think its been blown way, WAY
out of proportion by social justice warriors with nothing better to do
than drag media attention over whatever they’re feeling insecure about
this month/year. For those of you who might be on the fence about
watching a Caucasian actress in the role that (supposedly) should’ve
been reserved to an Asian actress, please consider this a NON-MATTER
and watch it anyway. The character she is portraying is SUPPOSED to
look Caucasian/white. It was the same in the source material and even
the creator of that anime said so in interviews.
Now, is the movie any good? In my opinion, yes. Yes it was. It wasn’t
amazing but at the very least entertaining. There is a good amount of
people who score this a 1/10 because they are butt hurt that the story
was changed a lot. Please ignore them and see for yourself even if
you’re a fan of the anime and are able to keep an open mind. I think
maybe I was able to judge it more objectively because I had zero
knowledge about the story in the anime going in, but, if nothing else,
the movie actually made me want to watch those old ones to compare.
The acting – 7.5/10 – Since Scarlett Johansson is the only big name
that the movie is being marketed alongside, I’d say she did a good job.
At no point in the movie could I say she didn’t belong there. She
played the part of cyborg who had difficulty belonging in a human world
very well. The cast is diverse enough in my opinion, though some of
them get pretty little screen time.
The visuals – 9/10 – If there is one point most critics/viewers are in
alignment concerning this movie, that point is definitely the visuals.
The movie both looks and feels spectacular, with the futuristic city
looking like a close-future mix of Blade Runner and TRON. The
combination of CGI and practical effects looks organic, the movie’s
powerful themes of excessive self-augmentation and technology almost
running amok represented very well visually.
Soundtrack – 8/10 – Sometimes pretty subdued, sometimes
almost-but-not-quite in your face, I found the soundtrack to vary
between decent and very good in some moments. It didn’t MAKE the movie
but it enhanced a good deal in my opinion.
Story – 7/10 – Here is where the good points of the movie kinda start
to run dry. A lot of other people would probably rate it a lot lower,
with 5 or 4’s if they’re at least trying to be objective. Yes, the
story is fairly predictable, and the fact that the movie is only around
100 minutes long doesn’t do it any favors either. Here is probably
where most of the legitimate hate towards this movie stems from. The
creators adapted a story that had a lot more depth and philosophical
insight and turned it into a somewhat generic cyborg coming of age
story mixed with an evil corporation doing questionable things. The
villain is also very cookie-cutter and has almost zero depth. HOWEVER,
I do think that concerning this film’s particular themes and narrative,
a weak villain doesn’t hurt it so much since its more about
losing/gaining your humanity through technology than any bad guy trying
to shoot you.
Writing/Dialogue – 6/10 – By far the movie’s weakest aspect. In fact, I
believe if some more meaningful dialogue and character interactions
were written into this film, it could’ve easily been 1 or 2 points
higher on anyone’s scoring system. As it is, the dialogue is shallow
and fairly run-of-the-mill for about half the movie’s length. Some bits
of good interactions are sprinkled here and there, and thankfully
that’s enough to preserve the soul of the movie’s central theme of
human souls surviving in machine bodies, BUT not enough to give Ghost
in the Shell the depth it should’ve inherited from the source material.
Overall – I gave this movie 3.5/5 stars here, mostly because I
couldn’t give it a 7.5/10 which felt more appropriate to me. My advice
would be to not listen to the whitewashing nonsense, because that’s
exactly what it is, nonsense. Also don’t listen to the haters who rate
this movie a 1/10 or call it shit because those people should not be
reviewing anything to begin with. It is a decent movie, with great
visuals and a theme that might get you thinking for a couple of days
after seeing it. The acting is decent, with an above average
performance from Scarlett and a good soundtrack that might hit the
right spot on occasion. The only bad aspects, like I mentioned, are the
film’s rather short running time and weak dialogue/writing which hold
it back from being truly great.
_Final rating:★★★½ – I strongly recommend you make the time._
We do not get a lot of character development for her or her crewmates. There aren’t a lot of quirky, funny moments as there are in the animated versions. Worse still, a lot of the teaser from the movie are just absent here, and one feels cheated. Overall this is a fine bit of popcorn absorption but fails to live up the series’s standards and fails to give any of the actors much to work with. See it on a rainy day, if nothing else.
The trailer didn’t show much, which is good. I hate trailers that give away everything about a movie.
So, a hot girl is always good…
And it had the teaser nudity that isn’t real but is a suit – I’ll let you be the judge of that.
The rest is the same old overused nonsense from all other science fiction movies:
A lot of fighting, shooting, explosions and destruction – way too much of that… but just about all sci-fi and superhero movies these days only contain that.
The first hour was incredibly boring. After about 70 minutes, it got just slightly interesting and then all the fighting/shooting/destruction began. There is nothing interesting about that – we’ve all see that hundreds of times. It’s ridiculous.
Why can’t any of these shooters hit anything? We still have that. It isn’t interesting to watch. Thousands of rounds flying and everyone missing their target. With all this high tech stuff, why don’t they have more advanced weapons?
I have to say, I was in Arizona earlier this year and fired a handgun for the very first time. It was a 6-shooter, a Colt “Peacemaker”, you know the pistol of the “West”. You don’t “AIM” those, you lift them to just above waist high, look at your target & not the gun, and pull the trigger. After just a few shots, it starts to become very natural. Any sane person can hit a target the size of a person at least somewhere on their body, even if they are moving. 24 rounds: I had 24 hits & 0 misses at various distances. But the people in these movies can’t hit anything even when they do aim and with much better weapons.
And then you have Major, her manufactured body can stretch & tear, wires breaking, and it can still function? Uh, NO, it wouldn’t. That’s not how mechanics and electronics work.
The City: a ridiculous “Blade Runner”/”Fifth Element” type of city but with fish floating around. No, not interesting at all. Just very silly.
Oh, one petty but very annoying thing: They can build an entire body and install a human brain in it and get everything to work but they can only give her a ragged, jagged wig or haircut? That’s very weird. Her crooked bangs were a distraction in every scene that included her facing the viewer.
In Summary: This movie has a lot of awesome CGI with a ridiculous plot and horrible acting. Great CGI alone doesn’t make a great, or even a good, movie. This catastrophe is a perfect example of that.