Ghost in the Shell – “Haunting”

In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) 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 she has been lied to, and her life was not saved. Instead, it was stolen.

 

That Nomad Shad – 

Firstly, apologies for not doing a video review for this one. It’s been a crazy month, but I assure you that you will see some dope content hitting the page soon.

Onto my review of Ghost in the Shell…the American live action remake. Look, I was deeply concerned when this film was announced. Ghost in the Shell is one of the most influential anime/manga in modern pop culture. Just ask the Wachowski brothers sisters siblings.

Anyways, American adaption of anything from the East has generally failed…by being colossally KAK. Speed Racer, Oldboy, and…DragonBall Evolution… *Spits*

#NotMyGoku #NotMyKamehameha

So they took Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 classic and they were turning it into a live-action remake… and then I found out Rupert Saunders was directing it… (He’s only directed Snow White and the Huntsman)

So how does Ghost in the Shell stack up…

Well, it’s actually really good. Like I REALLY enjoyed every minute of the film.

It’s by no means as good as it’s 1995 counterpart, but it really does well for itself. I would go so far as to say that it would be cruel to rate it against the original.

The movie has some of the best visuals that I have seen this year. It’s extremely faithful to the anime, going shot-for-shot in some scenes. It’s bold, sharp, and warrants being watched in IMAX. I was immersed in the world that was being presented to me.

 

Now to the meat. The story. Well, it’s solid. The original delved into so many thematic elements that it a number of screenings before I could fully comprehend what i had seen. The live action remake, thankfully, sticks to what it needs to. The story is succinct, focusing primarily on the Major as she straddles the line between man and machine. AND THANK FUCK FOR NO PEW PEW. This adaptation chooses to focus on story over action and is all the better for it.

As for ScarJo, she was cool. She portrayed Major’s character with the necessary treatment. I’ve seen the argument that she may have been a little wooden, but she is playing a cyborg…

And the music…the score was dope.

Plus, there’s a treat for fans of the original and a DOGE cameo…somewhere…

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Ghost in the Shell. The first remake that’s not utter KAK. Therefore, Ghost in the Shell is a STERK LEKKER.

 

Rating:

Dala: Don’t think twice – 100% -80%
Sterk Lekker – 79% – 70%
Jol – 69 – 50%
Minute – 49% – 25%

Hondborsel – 24% – 0%

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