Ghost in the Shell (1996)
Critic Consensus: A stunning feat of modern animation, Ghost in the Shell offers a thoughtful, complex treat for anime fans, as well as a perfect introduction for viewers new to the genre.
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Critic Reviews for Ghost in the Shell
Conjures up a dazzling, futuristic cityscape that, sadly, is not matched by the human landscapes at the heart of the story.
Mamoru Oshii's direction deftly merges gritty realism with a dreamlike quality.
I enjoyed its visuals, its evocative soundtrack (including a suite for percussion and heavy breathing), and its ideas.
Occasionally Ghost in the Shell shows its age and the added CGI elements, while appropriate for the story, also help make this film feel more dated than it might have otherwise.
Audience Reviews for Ghost in the Shell
A cyber-punk classic that explores important questions regarding artificial intelligence, identity, and what makes us human. The art-house-like moments of quiet visual beauty, emphasis on atmosphere, and heavy-doses of symbolism elevate this film not only to quintessential anime status, but as a masterful piece of cinema. Note: This film was a significant influence on "The Matrix" trilogy
Philosophical to the point of becoming almost completely art-house, I had been meaning to watch 'Ghost in the Shell' for quite some time and was surprised by what I got. The pacing of the film was unconventional, the music was outstanding, and the scenes in complete silence offered a level of beauty I wasn't expecting. The exposition was a bit heavy handed at times and the dub version had one or two moments where the actors lost it. Overlook these moments however and you feel find an anime with extreme depth.
The film that redefined the cyber-punk genre is complex, resonant and astonishingly animated. Taking the idea of artificial intelligence to a point of human reality and highlighting the emotional turmoil of existence, "Ghost in the Shell" explores what makes humans as such and with such a serious, atmospheric and slow-paced structure. Not only a landmark in science-fiction filmmaking, but in animation with visuals that are haunting, extraordinarily detailed and always stimulating to the eye.
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