Hard-Cyberpunk-Satisfaction. That, is what you can expect, from Ghost In The Shell. A Japanese Blade Runner and then some, since visual effects have come such a long way since 1983. This ain't no Gravity or Arrival, so if science fiction ain't your thing, look away now, cause this movie brings the sci-fi!
To say the film was visually stunning would be an understatement. Almost every scene is loaded with awe-inspiring visuals. Also, I felt Ghost In The Shell was one of the most well-rounded sci-fi flicks I've seen in a while. Since Rogue One, maybe?
One element of the film that stood out to me was its stoic nature. The characters are cold, even at the end of the film when the antagonist, which has in some ways become Major Mira Killian's friend, is about to die.
If I were to play devil's advocate, I'd argue that A: Perhaps not every film out there Needs to be a tear-jerker. And B: The film had Japanese producers and is based on a classic cyberpunk manga. Perhaps the aforementioned stoic nature of the movie keeps it truer to its Japanese or source material roots.
A sprinkle of humor, (and I mean sprinkle, just a couple smiles and chuckles here and there, unless you're the weirdo in row 7, cause everything is funny to him.) A dash of heart-string-tugging, and a whole lot of cyberpunk.
So unless you're the type of movie-goer that's only interested in light sci-fi or hyper-realism in sci-fi, this film is Epic. Could it have been better? Duh, anything and everything can be better, but Ghost In The Shell is light on the gripes, and heavy on everything else that a science fiction fan could want or ask for in a movie.
(I'm not familiar with the original graphic novel, so I can't vouch for its continuity or lack-there-of, but what I Can tell you is that during the film, as well as afterward, I was all sci-fi smiles.)
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