Originally I hadn’t any plans to see this new film. I’m not going to discuss the white-washing controversy. I’ve already discuss about that previously. You can check out my previous “GHOST IN THE SHELL” post (video) about my concerns on why. I don’t know why that video has more dislikes than likes though. I thought I gave solid reasoning about my feelings on the topic. Anyway after several months I finally (just) watched the trailers for the new film(I kinda had too since it played in front of “John Wick: Chapter 2”). Since then I’ve had conflicting emotions. I see some incredible positives but I have some questions about what the filmmakers are going for as well.
POSITIVE: The main positive I have going in is the look of the film so far based off of the trailers. It looks beautiful. It’s a bit reminiscent of the animated films but it seems to be more influence by “BLADE RUNNER”. I can’t say I blame the film makers. Blade Runner had such a great look people are still using it as a template. Another positive is the director Rupert Sanders. While I didn’t like “Snow White and the Huntsman” it did look good visually. It seems he brought his visual eye to the film as well. The movie also has a pretty good cast. It also showcases scenes taken from the animated film spot on as well.
NEGATIVE: Most of the trailers take place at night. I understand the reason for that is because cgi sfx come off better in the dark but if the majority of the film is like that then it’ll come off monotonous. The day scenes that are shown in the trailers have a dull washed out tone. Hopefully not all the scenes will come off like this. Also this is Rupert Sanders 2nd film. There’s a good chance that this will be to big a film for him to handle. He just maybe to green for this film. I do wonder why “PARAMOUNT” had him direct it and didn’t go after someone like Christopher Nolan or Neil Blomkamp who have excelled in challenging and philosophical material like this in the past. It’s possible that’s why they went with him. They may just want a film that doesn’t ask a lot from it’s audience(Also possibly Nolan has a history with Warner Bros.) Paramount just might want a quick action film. The film it looks like will be only 106 mins long. Barely over 1hr and a 1/2.
Is the new live action film adapting the animated film which adapted several segments from the comic? Because certain clips from the trailers are recreations from the first animated film. I’m not sure because it also seems to be telling a different story as well. The graphic novel and 1st film had several themes one of which is personal identity and the other what makes up the human soul. However it seems because the live action film has a “big” american movie star that they decided to have her be the focus of the story. While the “Major” is the focus in the earlier films. Her place in the story was different. It wasn’t about some secret threat that turned her into a cyborg for nefarious means. It was about her trying to find the Puppet master. She wasn’t trying rediscover her origin. She was an established character and we get to see thru her how she views what consiquients as human. “GHOST IN THE SHELL” asked questions about what makes you human? The more organic portions of you that you lose can you still be considered human? Is this a necessary step for humanity? The film used “The Major” as the point man for the viewing audience. The new 2017 adaptation seems to be going the average route of having the main character(who I assume) will have amnesia and have them try to figure out why they were created. It just seems the new film isn’t going to really try to challenge the audience like the original source material and animated films did.
Also in other clips Mokoto(The Major)seems to not be as on the ball as in the previous adaptations. The Major has emotions but she is able to keep it together and use her keen mind and determination in order to solve the issue in front of her.
One final negative. In the trailers their recreating certain scenes in from the animated film. If this film story is different then those images really don’t make any sense. It is possible that those scenes aren’t even in the film. That’s been happening a lot with recent films.
RANDOM THINGS ABOUT GHOST IN THE SHELL THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. The Japanese Manga is funny. There is a severe shift in tone from the comics and every other adaption to it. The comic is full of gags and humor. There’s some drug and sex humor so be warned. A major running gag in the 1st graphic novel is the Major continually getting blown up or damaged.
2. The Major doesn’t Blink. In the original film The Major rarely blinks her eyes. I assume it’s because the filmmakers want to show how she’s almost entirely artificial. Only her brain is still organic. I imagine that this is going to be changed in the live action film probably because the studio and film makers think that would be off putting…which was the point.
3. The comic was episodic. When it was made into an animated film they decided to focus more on the “Puppet Master” storyline.
When I see the film I will try to not compare it to the previous source material. When I see adaptations of things I like I ask for only 3 things.
1. Don’t be afraid of the source material. Your adapting it for a reason right? So don’t go so against the material *cough, cough, “JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS” cough, cough*.
2. Do make an adaptation. Don’t make a blow by blow recreation other wise what was the point? When you do that your not adding anything new.(from what I heard the Beauty and the Beast live action is so similar that it’s redundant).
3. At the very least have the same spirit of the source material. The movie “LOGAN” barely has anything in common with “OLD MAN LOGAN”. Just as “Captain America: Civil War” has little in common with Marvel Comics “CIVIL WAR” but certain tonal shifts and character motivations as well has their personalities are similar. So if a film can at least get that down then I’ll be satisfied.
Well that’s it for now. I’m cautiously optimistic. If you are going to see the film or have seen the film and are even just a little bit interested about “GHOST IN THE SHELL” here are some information that may help you out.
There are currently four volumes of the GHOST IN THE SHELL comics:
Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell: 1.5: Human-Error Processor
Ghost in the Shell 2
Ghost in the Shell Arise (Prequel)
5. Ghost in the Shell is a multimedia project spanning 3 movies:
Ghost in the Shell(1995),
Ghost in the Shell: Innocence(2004),
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society
Ghost in the Shell: Arise (“aka The New Movie”)
AS WELL AS 3 TV SERIES:
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG (the 2nd season)
Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Alternative Architecture
4 VIDEO GAMES:
Ghost in the Shell
Stand Alone Complex
Domain of the Hunters
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man
Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C 2nd GIG - Individual Eleven
Ghost in the Shell: Arise
“IN A HEARTBEAT”