Ghost In the Shell (2017)
Many years ago, (1995) I watched the Japanese animated film of the same title.
To be completely honest, I don’t recall much about it.
Fast forward to 2017, and they made a live action version, which I have just got around to watching.
I should mention from the start that this film stars Scarlett Johansson, which is enough in itself. (For me)
It also stars Takeshi Kitano, speaking in Japanese. That is also sufficient to make me watch it.
Hang on, here’s the wonderful French actress, Juliet Binoche and she’s playing it straight.
What more can I possibly need?
Hold your horses! Here’s Scarlett in a CGI body suit which is basically her, but naked. Phew!
This is a great film, and it’s only 10 minutes in!
The setting is a futuristic version of Japan. It might be about 2090, and definitely at a time when I am dead. Think the visuals of ‘Blade Runner’, plus ‘Metropolis’, and you get the idea. Companies are producing robotic androids, and other companies are making better versions by implanting human brains into synthetic ‘shells’. Hence the title. Some of those are assassins, others are trying to stop the assassinations.
I’m not sure why, and I could care even less. Scarlett looks so amazing, I could watch her read the phone book. Especially when she is CGI-naked! Takeshi Kitano is such a legend, he only has to turn up. As for Binoche, I forgot about her after twenty minutes. Sorry, Juliet! There are some other people in it that I couldn’t care less about, and I confess I occasionally fast-forwarded the PVR until Scarlett was back on screen.
Is it a crap film? No idea. Is it a good film? I don’t have a clue, but I doubt it. Was it a good story? Who cares? Did I like the ending? I don’t remember.
Is Scarlett in it? Oh yes, and that’s more than enough for me.
Sorry, film fans, I let you down this time. Blame Scarlett, for looking so delectable.
Here’s a trailer. (Scarlett’s in it)