Details from IMDB:
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals.
I need to say first off that I never saw the anime version of this movie, or read the comics, so I went in knowing nothing about the story and had no expectations. Of course one of the reasons I did go was Scar Jo (Scarlett Johansson) and it’s not just for her looks. She is gorgeous but she is also a good actor and I’ll often see a movie just because she’s in it.
I’ll also take this opportunity to discuss “white washing”. Yes I’m aware that the film should have had more Asian actors involved, I would like to note, however, that when Japanese people where interviewed about this topic none of them were upset by Scar Jo in the lead role. In fact a few people said that Scar Jo would probably be better than an Asian actress and people need to lighten up. This is a tricky subject so I’ll just remain neutral, as a white person (who isn’t even well acquainted with the story) I’m not really qualified to make an informed statement.
Ok with all that out of the way, I thought this movie was fine. The special effects are amazing, their are plenty of good action scenes and Scar Jo (and the rest of the cast) all do a good job. The story is fairly simple and there is limited character development but I still find myself enjoying it most of the time. I’m aware that the anime story and comic has a lot more depth but as I said earlier I haven’t seen or read it, so I didn’t know what I was missing when I watched it.
While the special effects were excellent in IMAX 3D (I actually felt dizzy a few times) the price here (I’m in Canada) is so expensive that I would say just do 3D or regular, not IMAX. There are action scenes that I felt where there just to show off the special effects (and in one case just what you can do with water) so maybe 10-15 minutes could have been shaved off. I give it 7 out of 10 and a mild recommendation. If you’re a huge fan of the original material probably don’t see it to avoid disappointment. Otherwise I’d say wait until it’s in a cheap theater near you (or just see Logan again, I did!). Please don’t bring small children, ages 13+. Until next time!