So I got to see the ghost in the shell live action movie. It is not as bad as everyone ranted about. I will say being a fan of the Manga/Anime franchise, this was not a bad adaptation. I will say that I think there were a few issues that they could should have done instead. Everyone speaking one language for consistency they had “Beat” Takeshi Kitano as Chief Daisuke Aramaki and he was speaking Japanese the entire time. It does throw things off a bit when there is a language switch off/on from time to time, that was something that kind of bugged me as a fan.
I like the way it does combine, the three movie storylines into one story arc, with a clean clear ending. I was a bit saddened they did not change the ending with a twist this time with project 2517/Kuze being restored, joining section 9 or some other twist. There were other cool moves added from in gits – innocence, the relation between Motoko and Kuze which was a bit unexpected but well received by me at least. I am not sure if the origins between The Major and Batou were ever addressed originally, and how he got his implants but this movie really did a great a job with showing the audience how Batou got his cyber vision replacements. Who else liked or disliked the movie?
I think the whole “whitewashing” bitching and moaning was rather overdone and it is a matter of opinion when it comes to retells or alternate versions of a Fave Fandom. This one is no different, it just could have been looked at in a impartial view, but as all things we know that could not and would not happen. Next review will be DeathNote Live Action and then on to Full Metal Alchemist Live. Oh and hopefully the Bleach live action will be as cool as some of the other productions that have been brought into a live action edition.