Ghost in the Shell 2017 Review

The original Ghost in the Shell film is a masterpiece. It’s an incredibly beautiful film that explores ideas of technology, identity and memory. The director Mamoru Oshii elevates the source manga by Masamune Shirow¬†into one of the best anime films of all time.¬†¬†When news of a live-action version directed by Rupert Sanders hit, hardcore fans of the original were doubtful that it could be effectively translated to the big screen. The casting of¬†Scarlett Johansson in the lead role justifiably raised¬†accusations of white-washing.¬†After watching the film last night I can assert that that the doubters were correct; the film does not live up to the high expectations established by the original two films or even the later Stand Alone Complex TV series.

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