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    Sage vs. Ghost in the Shell

     Mar 31 2017 | more 

    Oh, child… a recompense is coming. It’s coming…

    • TerminalSanity

      I just look at that video pic and I here the strings already: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zLfCnGVeL4

    • William Jeske

      Even the original voice actors, Richard Epcar and Mary Elizabeth Glynn, had opinions about the live-action GitS: http://www.cnn.com/videos/entertainment/2017/03/29/original-ghost-in-the-shell-crew-speaks-about-scarlett-johansson.cnn/video/playlists/mobile-digital-shorts/

    • penguintruth

      Sounds like it’s still better than Innoce—Zzzzz…

    • Ley Dz

      there was parts that seemed like they where going to have a good story on cyber part but think it’s like this the script righter make a solid story and the producer tears it apart and it back together.

    • Fiery Little One

      I saw it this afternoon. Overall, I liked it. Some of the changes were interesting. I’d say, if nothing else, I think it’s a relatively good introduction to the concepts in
      GitS for anyone you might know who’s interested in getting into it.

    • Lloyd

      Haven’t seen it yet myself, but I have the same issue with it that I did with “Bob Cop” that it feels really pointless.

    • Eucratides_Megas

      Wow, 180 degree diametrically opposed there. Wife and I saw it, loved it (she’s a fan of anime and manga, and I have only experience with the former). It was tightly paced (100 minutes), it had the absolute minimum of extraneous Hollywood fluff or material (there was no “Batou I love you” romance put in). What they changed in backstory and setting weren’t at odds with the original.

      Only slight problem I had was with the villain. He was a bit of a cipher just there to give the Major an antagonist besides her mystery hacker.

    • birdy the critic

      I want to hate this movie. The plot is equal parts Blade Runner and Robocop, but it has bits and pieces of the 95 movie, Stand Alone complex, and other GITS ephemera stitched into it creating a horrid Frankenstein’s collage of a reference movie. The only good thing about it was Beat Takeshi as Aramaki, mainly because Beat Takeshi is basically playing Beat Takeshi with traces of Aramaki.
      I want to hate it, but it’s too blandly competent to hate. It’s just lifeless, redundant, stereotypical and boring. Competently made, but utterly lifeless.
      I am so sorry Sage. Is it possible that someday soon you will have enough Ghost in the Shell reviews to stitch them together to equal the length of time of this movie. That would have been a better use of my time.
      What’s sad is that this is still one of the better Western anime adaptations. Up there with the headache inducing Speed Racer and the equally generic and soulless Astro Boy. Ugh.

      • Eli Herold

        It can be agreed that Clint Mansell’s score is pretty good though; right? I really like Mansell. I once got him confused with Cliff Martinez who did the music for “Drive”.

        • birdy the critic

          The score falls into the same trap as the rest of the movie: competent, but bland and lifeless.

    • penguintruth

      Okay, after seeing it… yeah, it’s not good, but it’s not rage-inducing, either. I think the biggest problems were that it really held the viewer’s hand too much, spelling things out, as if it originally had a sharper, more ambiguous script but was run through the committee saw mill. It was well-directed, for the most part, but the dialogue was so watered down, and ScarJo, while likable, wanders through the set pieces like a little girl pretending to be a woman. Not a waste of time, overall, but frustrating in that it actually does have potential, but never quite gets it together. A fascinating curiosity, at least.

      • Eli Herold

        I agree. I originally thought the movie was okay, then after a while flawed but still kind of enjoyable. Then I saw the 1995 anime. That really broke it for me. It was so much better, particularly the sub. Atsuki Tanaka makes her lines seem much more organic than Mary Elizabeth McGlynn.

        That being said, I think the live action film could have worked if they made the script a bit more cohesive, keeping the things that worked with the story and taking out the stuff that didn’t. They could better explain The Majors history before becoming a Cyborg and why they made her shell look like a white woman. They could have made the Hanka guy less stereotypical. They could even still made nods to the other parts of the franchise as long as it was cohesive to the story. Done right I think it would’ve been a cool mix between “Robocop” and “Le Femme Nikita”. Alas, that was not the result.

    • digi_matrix

      Do they go into the whitewashing? Since that’s the only thing people are talking about in relation to this movie.

    • Njål Henrik Sand

      personally I like the tachikomas the most. but they are so often left out

      • Eli Herold

        Probably because they don’t really fit in with a serious cyberpunk setting as opposed to the more light-hearted deel of the manga and tv series. Perhaps something similar, but not so cutesy.

    • I’m not a fan of the franchise, but I do respect it. It’s just not for me. However, even though I don’t look up any reviews or articles of a movie before I see it because I believe you can form a better opinion that way, there was still no way I was going to see this movie. And when it comes to Ghost in the Shell, I trust Bennett’s opinion over anyone else’s, only because I always felt like he knows this franchise from the inside out, and he loves it with a heart of gold.