Nice try but no cupcake. The film feels thematically confused and artistically compromised due to studio constraints. It is very beautiful looking, I must say. Also, isn't it weird how it's essentially about the cultural appropriation of itself? I don't it works in the way it thinks it does.
the world they've built is so visually captivating but the script just loses itself when it tries to condense parts of the franchise into a single project. instead of white-washing i just ended up thinking about the washing i left in the machine at home.
Visually arresting, hauntingly scored and capably performed by an excellent cast. If you're sick of the overly glossy, anti-atmospheric sci-fi that's characterized the 2000's, you'll dig the lived-in city's sense of scope; from the glitz to the ghetto, there's a profound sense of character to every street-corner. Where it falters is pacing. The PG-13 certification also holds back what could've been full-blooded.
Watching Asiansploitation films or dramas like “The Iron Fist,” ”The Ornithologist” & this, I always think “I'm f**king fooled & Caucasians are really stupid.” But I also feel sadomasochistically guilty pleasure like “Woo I'll see how privileged white idiots altered Japan or other Asian countries’ culture into highly silly amalgam of misunderstandings! Woo Hoo!” I know this is self-injury fun but can't help [cont.]
Digital. Too dependent on the computerized virtualities and of a narrativity conformed with the possibilities of a video game. There is, however, something that survives the accumulation of commonplaces and is the confidence one has in a set of characters and in the décors in which they move, although unlike Blade Runner, one of the matrixes of this film, they are too digital. And Kitano still has his admirable beat.
Rupert Sanders' ambitious live-action adaptation of "Ghost in the Shell" feels like it was made by craftsmen who clearly revered their source material - there are several sequences from Mamoru Oshii's anime that are recreated here almost shot-for-shot - but found their hands tied by a Hollywood system that necessitated a safe, PG-13 product rather than anything approximating the groundbreaking force of the original.
While not the visionary epic that we might have hoped for the film is at least a feast for the eyes throughout. Scripting problems are the major concern here and the film lacks its own identity to stand apart from the previous anime' or comics. Best in show...'you don't send a rabbit to kill a fox'.
Could care less about the hyper-sensitive "whitewash" complaining - the anime's director even proclaimed it to be nonsense. This is a visual feast, an experience drenched in neon light, with a pulsing electronic score. The use of CGI and 3D was head and shoulders above most, and the slick futuristic aesthetic paid homage while still feeling inventive - though story, philosophy, and performances were undercooked.