Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Critic Consensus: Ghost in the Shell boasts cool visuals and a compelling central performance from Scarlett Johansson, but the end result lacks the magic of the movie's classic source material.
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Critic Reviews for Ghost in the Shell
Sadly, as the plot proceeds, Sanders begins to duck ... bothersome concepts. He picks a more sentimental path, which leads Major, following the example of Jason Bourne, on a quest to discover who she truly is.
It gets bogged down in aesthetics that are stimulating only for the sake of stimulation, seemingly without a flicker of thought behind them. Shell indeed, but there's no ghost at home.
A flimsy copy of a copy, one that recreates some of the anime's set-pieces nearly shot for shot, but then pares away nearly everything else that made the original a classic.
It's unfortunate, if predictable, that Hollywood found it necessary to almost entirely eliminate deep think in favor of deep action.
Ghost in the Shell is visually compelling but tone deaf.
Audience Reviews for Ghost in the Shell
This slick remake was a big surprise to me. Unnecessary? Sure. Good? You bet. The visuals, soundtrack, art design, and Johansson are all in fine form. Director Rupert Sanders nailed the technicals. Undeniably however, the 1996 Anime classic of the same name is a whole lot smarter. It's impressionistic, interpretive structure is replaced by a more blunt procedural. Once again Hollywood has turned the cerebral physical, but the result isn't negative either. It's just fairly inessential. In it's own right, "Ghost in the Shell" is well made, even beautiful at times with some memorable set pieces and action choreography. As a live-action companion piece to the O.G. model, it's worthy! I'd watch it again. In the shadow of it's source though, it's a tough sell.
Really enjoyed it, but I did with the anime. Not as subtle as that, but still a fun scifi romp.
Rupert Sanders delivers a shell with no ghost in Ghost in the Shell. Downloading in at 100 minutes, Ghost in the Shell shelves out a visual display with a story that starts off well, but fizzles down as the film progresses. The complexities of the futuristic science fiction atmosphere and plot details lack sufficient explanation; only enough to get by. The action is limited, which isn't a problem. The film is story driven with pieces of nicely placed action sequences to fill in some time. To top it off, the visuals are worth noting. Scarlett Johansson, along with many other characters, are monotone in nature. A bit of a turnoff, but at the same time, fitting with the plot. As a science fiction picture, not a remake, Ghost in the Shell delivers enough to be a worthwhile watch.
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