Dr. Ouelet: We cling to memories as if they define us, but they don't. What we do is what defines us.
Ghost in the Shell (2017) is a mostly very faithful remake of the classic anime upon which it's based, at times shot-for-shot. Scarlett Johansson may not be Japanese, but she does an admirable job (along with convincing CGI) channelling the heroine as she and her partner battle through the technologically oppressive Neo-Tokyo background. If there's a fault with this movie, it's just for those who've seen and appreciated the original--there's little new for the fans of the original to take in beyond the SFX. Some of the characters are wooden, and the spider tank isn't was visually striking as it could have been, but overall this a solid remake, though not entirely necessarily a needed one.
"Ghost in the Shell (2017) " attracted so much controversy during production that most audiences just wouldn't give it a chance. And it's a shame, because as far as adaptations go, this is a pretty darned solid and entertaining effort. It successfully reworks the heady and complex original into an accessible sci-fi thriller, and a lot of effort was put into its production. I also enjoyed the fact that it did at least touch on many of the themes of prior adaptations. Sure, it may not be quite as "smart" as the 1995 film or the original manga... but it's still a slick, exciting film. And I'm glad I gave it a chance and saw it on the big screen! I loved the original anime film. I love its follow-up "Innocence." And I pretty much loved this film, too.
Trivia: The original voice actors from the 1995 Japanese anime film and its sequel provided the dubs for their characters for the Japanese release.
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