All the backstage game of diplomatic relationships, conspiracies and deceit between governments, secret agencies and Sections was a bit lost on me. I'll have to watch it a second time, even to better grasp what the heck the Puppet Master was/stood for. Nevertheless I enjoyed the animation style and pulse of the film. The musical moments of contemplative doom and gloom were stronger than the action scenes.
Having watched both the dub and the subtitled version of this, I think watching the dub is helpful. There is so much more information provided in the dub that helps flesh out some of the backstory. Perhaps you can watch the subtitled first and then the dubbed? The narrative is clunky at times, but there are existential musings about technology and big guns blowing things up, so it checks off a lot of boxes.
To me, GHOST IN THE SHELL is kinda hard to follow at beginning. I was lost a little bit. After a few minutes, I could follow its storyline. GHOST IN THE SHELL is intriguing, thrilling, and well-written. This movie is also philosophical. It's quite interesting. Because GHOST IN THE SHELL succeed to bring such a complex storytelling in short runtime. I loved its idea about humanity and existential theme. Entertaining!
Nom de Dieu merci à l'animation japonaise pour Akira et ce film pour leur ambiance morne à couper au couteau et leur esthétique. L'histoire se perd dans des trucs diplomatiques pas forcément nécessaire mais l'ensemble est tellement beau et étrange que c'est impossible de ne pas tomber sous le charme.
Twenty years later, it's not difficult to see why "Ghost in the Shell" continues to linger in the imagination: Mamoru Oshii has a way of making both ultra-violence and his half-flooded future city look beautiful, and the Major remains an enigmatic protagonist - her "am I a cyborg who dreamed she was a woman or a woman who dreamed she was a cyborg?" conflict even more compelling in our increasingly digital era.
While I think I get what draws people to this film, I personally found it to be a frustrating watch. Its universe is poorly realized, with loads of unexplained in-universe jargon and awkward exposition. Consequently, the plot is hard to follow, or even care about. Any deeper ideas it presents are minimally explored, don't seem to impact the story, and just feel shoehorned in to make the film seem more "grown-up."