I recently went to the cinema to see the live action reboot of Ghost in the Shell. Take it from me, you need to see this reboot. I know there are a lot of them lately but this one is fantastic.
Despite what many critics say this film doesn’t hurt the original animated feature one bit, in fact I would say it is a fitting tribute. It is also important to say that this reboot isn’t just a rehashing of the original it is a stand up film in its own right.
The project which is the main focus of the reboot is called Project 2571 which is just to remind us that the film is not portraying 2501 with the puppet master as shown in the original. I must say there was quite a lot borrowed from the originally but visually it was incredible. Scarlet Johannson was the best person for the role of kusanagi in my opinion and she perfectly nails the downbeat nature of the character.
The world that they created for the film was exciting, colourful and enticing. The world the film was set in almost looked like something that could have been dreamed up by Ridley Scott.
The direction and timing of the films narrative is enjoyably paced without skipping past some of the sentimental and thought provoking moments in the film. The action is well choreographed and despite being a 12A, (which did make me and my girlfriend curious) it didn’t feel like it was lacking suitable amounts of violence.
As most film buffs know The Matrix was influenced by Ghost in the Shell and you can tell that this film has adopted the same sense of style. There is plenty of philosophical dialogue that has the whiff of Renee Descartes meditations which examines the duality between the body and the soul.
I must be honest I have a slight soft spot for Scarlet because I love her acting and also fancy her a little bit so she can’t really ever do wrong in my eyes. I do think though that she will always get a hard time because these dick head fans will always want to crap all over any movie that tries to recreate something we enjoy. Don’t listen to the fans, give the film a try, you’ll realise it has a lot to offer and you’ll be pleasantly surprised