Ghost in the Shell (2017)

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Ghost in the Shell

This was definitely one of my most anticipated films of 2017. I found the trailer amazing and immediately checked out the film from 1995. I thought it was very entertaining and thought provoking. I was hoping for something even have as good with this 2017 installment. Ghost in the Shell is fairly faithful to it’s origin source and is beautiful cinematically. While I don’t say the film is fantastic, I don’t see it disappointing many.

The story takes place in the future where a cybernetic android with the brain of a human tries to come with grips with the glitches she is seeing recently. On top of that The Major (Scarlett Johansson’s lead character) tries to uncover the mystery behind her past and the dark secrets that he creators are hiding. First things first, I definitely understand when people ha e grievances about whitewashing in Hollywood. I understand that concern but also realize that these films need a really marketable actor to appease audiences and make bank. I also love ScarJo and think she’s perfect for these badass heroic protagonist roles she’s had in recent years. She’s great in this. The supporting cast also works, nice to see Michael Pitt here.

The visuals are stunning. Like gorgeous. The world of Ghost in the Shell was brought to life in a fantastic way, and then some. It’s up there with some of the most beautiful city scenery I’ve seen in a film. If there is CG in multiple places, It’s hard to notice. The action sequences and opening scenes are seamless, crisp, and sleek. It’s made to be seen on the big screen.

Rupert Sanders takes liberties in some areas but this film is mostly faithful to that of the 1995 film. I wish the film had an R rating just because I think more could have been accomplished in this universe with a more mature rating. It’s still perfectly fine as the films futuristic tones are so alluring. The film doesn’t really drag anywhere and the concepts are thought provoking.

There’s really not many things I can think of that detract from this film. It’s great however isn’t phenomenal as a whole unit, which is perfectly fine. It’s on par or slightly above with expectations. The film should have enough legs for a sequel though I’d rather this be a one off deal. Final thoughts, see this in the theaters as it’s visually glorious. It’s very reminiscent of sci fi films of the past, like a cross between Blade Runner and The Matrix but Ghost in the Shell definitely respectfully stands on it’s own two feet. Pleased with this.

7.5/10

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