Ghost in the Shell is another anime adaptation that makes the little kid in me sad.
It’s disappointing to watch something that is considered a cult classic be watered down.
Now, don’t get me wrong, the movie is not the monstrosity that Dragonball Evolution was.
There is so much going on in the background, it is simply stunning.
But at the end of the day it’s all digital noise.
On one hand, the film recreates some of the anime’s set pieces nearly shot for shot, which makes a fan of the original very happy to see on the big screen.
At the same time they found it necessary to almost eliminate deep thinking in favor of deep action like all Hollywood movies, and Scarlett Johansson’s very flat performance doesn’t help matters.
The recreation of the film has been controversial since many argue that the role should have been given to an Asian actress.
One of the things that made the original film such a staple in the anime culture - and the film industry in general - was its obsession with the human soul.
The human soul is something that inspired movies such as The Matrix and Avatar but that is not the case for Ghost in a Shell.
I just think that animes adapted into live action films are very hard, if not impossible to accomplish, but I will probably still hope for a good one in the future.
One of the only reasons I think you may want to watch this movie is for the stunning visuals because that’s all it has going for it.
I give this movie a 2 out of 5 stars.