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World of Lucky ([personal profile] worldoflucky) wrote2017-04-12 05:22 pm
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Ghost in the Shell

Better than expected when I don't take into account the white washing, although I was still a little disappointed. I would see the sequel because this is one of my genres.

The movie itself really isn't trend setting in this current day and age. I suspect the is a weird result of its original anime being so influential. Twenty plus years ago when it came out it was a relatively unusual, groundbreaking event, influencing such seminal works as The Matrix. The Matrix and other movies then in turn, influenced other movies making the tropes from the original GitS cliche.

The whole concept of exploring what makes you human really had nothing new  in this movie that you couldn't see in a dozen other movies that handled it a bit better.

That being said, Scarlett Johansson did a good job as the Major. I felt she did convey the spirit behind the character, but unfortunately not enough to raise the move above "just ok". I was especially pleased with Bataou and how he was portrayed, but once again they didn't give him a big enough part to do much more than give some interest. The rest of the characters were just blips in the movie.

Now we get to the white washing. This clouded my opinion of the movie the whole time. The movie could have been done with any Japanese actress and I probably would have liked the movie better. Once again not because SJ did bad, but because the knowledge of the white washing left a bad taste in my mouth. I guess as I get older, the harder it is to look past stuff like that.

The movie did try to give a partial explanation of a white actress playing a Japanese character late in the movie, but it was less of any sort of in depth story idea, and rather something pieced in to explain why the major has a white body and not a Japanese body. Basically it was a reason they could use on why they went with SJ rather than it being a real plot point.

The good: Decent sci-fi, nice choreography, and an ok story.

The bad: White washing with a bit trope thrown in.
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Quick note on the white washing

[personal profile] disgruntledgirl 2017-04-13 02:17 am (UTC)(link)
It was actually mentioned a few times in the manga that the Major's body was Caucasian while she herself was Japanese. Of course, in the manga, she has multiple bodies stored and swaps between them - one being a freckled girl.
In the end (one of many ends) a body body she stashed away molded and Batou has to go get her a new one. She sits - a brain in a jar - talking to the Puppet Master (who you know who in the movie). Like 4 pages of philosophy which is why you simply cannot make the manga into a movie.
Anyway, Batou shows up with a dark haired beauty he clobbered from a nearby gang. Major downloads and comes online
"Why did you get me a male body?"
Apparently it was the new Raphael line and she commented how different the hips moved. (^_^)

There's 3 different "fan tribes" for Ghost In The Shell and that's why it won't do well. Manga, anime and animated movies all have different "feels" and even origins.

While I loved how the latest AppleSeed movie looked - it so trashed the story and didn't even make it a digestible story like this one. Sure, this one was dumbed down but given the source material - ya need a degree to follow some of it (0_0)
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Re: Quick note on the white washing

[personal profile] disgruntledgirl 2017-04-13 11:01 pm (UTC)(link)

Sometimes, there isn't even a faint resemblance of Asiatic features.

This was more Mamoru Oshi's creation instead of Shirow's. In fact, many interviews refer to him and his rights as the creator. So somewhere, there was a changing of the guard.