Movie Review: Ghost in the Shell
Updated: May 28, 2019
i assumed the MountainMan would be handling this review but I put him on another project. I should have forced him to see Fate of the Furious so I could record his rant after the movie. It would have been glorious. Growing up, I wasn’t huge into Anime, but there was some films you needed to watch. Such as Ninja Scroll, Akira, and of course, Ghost in the Shell.
It has been rumored for at least 5 years that Ghost in the Shell was coming and Scarlet Johansson was specifically handpicked for this role. And why not? She looks like major and clearly can act the part. But yet again, the critical reviews before the movie is released revolved around white washing and removing Asian Characters and subbing in White characters. Oddly enough, there is an explanation as to why the Shell was not Asian. Now imagine if you watch the film before you opened your mouth.
“In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: a human who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that her life was stolen instead of saved. Now, she will stop at nothing to recover her past while punishing those who did this to her.”
Now, this “whitewashing” that people seem to jump on the band wagon about it, but yet when they casted Michael Clarke Duncan as Kingpin in the horrible Daredevil film, only the comic book fans spoke up. And once they did, they were labelled as villains. But anyways, end rant. It has been close to 2 decades since I have seen the anime, so I did go into this film cold. And what this film did was give me hope. It gave me hope that Akira (that’s in production hell currently) might still have a chance and actually be good.
Visually, this film was a masterpiece. It blended both a realistic world and an “anime” type world so it would appease both types of fans. Now, beyond ScarJo, there really wasn’t many huge stars in the film as this film primarily took place outside of the US. However, they did cast Michael Pitt from Boardwalk Empire as Hideo Kuze, which I haven’t seen his demise in that show. Also, Takeshi Kitano who played Daisuke Aramaki(head of sector 9) I haven’t seen since he was the CEO in Johnny Pneumonic. Notable mention to Pilou Asbaek who played Batou, which really fit the role of Majors friend, but I will also mention that he is a big dude. Why wasn’t he cast as Cable? He really looked like Cable when he was dressed as Batou.
But, due to the bad press this film did horrible at the box office and only the fans from the Anime from 20+ years ago mainly attended. Considering everything, this film was action packed, visually appealing and general a fun film. It’s unfortunate that some people ruin it for others.