My review of…
Ghost In The Shell – the live action movie
If you don’t know what Ghost in the Shell is, please Google it. Its an adult rated manga, anime, movie series that has a fanclub which spans the world over AND spans generations (from what I recently found out).
Ghost in the Shell’s genre is science fiction – heavy in the kick-butt, action department. If you’ve seen the original VHS and DVD Ghost in the Shell movies (because, well, it was originally in VHS back when the original movie was released), then I can tell you that 95% of this 21st century remake into live action version is almost verbatim to the original animated release. So much so that despite it being a live action remake, they opened this exactly like the original animated movie did. They didn’t even bother to edit out seeing Major’s nipples during her shell’s creation (you see it in the animated movie too). They definitely left the gore in, but when a bullet hits someone…no blood. Like none. In the animated version though, there was a ton of adult content including the blood and gore. That’s just how Ghost in the Shell is.
The storyline follows exactly what the animated version does. Right down to the garbage guy running down the ally away from Major and on top of the building in the water’s reflection…then she’s chasing him…and all.
The difference in the movie now as opposed to the original animated movie is (apparently) that the original movie’s storyline was confusing (really?). But they cleared up the storyline in this live action movie. It’s way easier to follow now especially if viewers weren’t originally introduced to the 1990s anime first.
Overall, this remake is definitely a good walk down memory lane for us Ghost in the Shell fans and a good introduction to the franchise. If the movie follows the original animated movies, this Ghost in the Shell movie will not be the last. Expect to see more Major in the next live action Ghost in the Shell movie.