Considering that Ghost in the Shell is one of my favorite anime movies of all time, I had to see it during the first screening on Thursday night. I know that not everyone likes 3D, but this is one film that needs to be seen in 3D IMAX. That’s IMAX and not Real 3D. There’s a big difference in picture quality. It’s worth the extra money, because of the visual effects, plus 3D IMAX technology has improved in the last couple of years. Regal has a very cool thing going on where they give out a collectible ticket on opening weekend, or while supplies last. The Ghost in the Shell ticket was pretty cool.
Visually, Ghost in the Shell is a masterpiece. Both the special effects and the costume design are breath taking. Ghost in the Shell really deserves an Oscar award for visual effects and costume designs. The skyscraper sized holograms will put you in a sense of awe. Just imagine a future with these type of advertisings. It would be a site to see. Those holograms help a ton with the Ghost in the Shell world building.
I understand that there are some mixed reviews floating around, but I was entertained. That’s not to say that Scarlett Johansson and the rest of the cast were perfect. In fact, they were far from perfect, but the film was watchable and was not boring. However, it had many flaws and could had been a lot better. One of these flaws was that some things were a little predictable. I didn’t walk out of the movie pondering if one thing or the other happened. It was very clear what happen even though the creators attempted to make you think at the end.
I’m not going to get too into the plot to ad void spoiling it, but it asked the typical sci-fi questions. The biggest theme of the movie was which thought are really your own. This question is fine, but it’s just been done over and over again. Ghost in the Shell would had been a little better if the director took more chances and attempted to innovate with that idea. Yes, many sci-fi films got their ideas from Ghost in the Shell, but we really needed to see something new.
As far as the acting, it was okay, and felt a little robotic at times. Sorry had to throw that pun in. I just think that the actors could had put a little more soul into their roles. That being said, I did like most of the fighting and action scenes even though they could had been more intense. However, the film would had benefited from a R rating. Sometimes with a PG-13 rating a film holds back its true potential. Ghost in the Shell definitely needed more blood and intenser action scenes in order to add a little more soul into the Shell.
The question is should you watch it? I would say if you love science fiction, anime and or the original manga or anime then yes go see it in 3D IMAX. If you’re not a fan of those things then wait and rent it from Red Box or when it comes to Neflix or a movie channel. Bottom line is that I was entertained and did not think it was terrible. There’s no question that it’s worth a watch, so whether you watch it now or wait it won’t be a waste of time. Overall, I give Ghost in the Shell 3.75 cyborgs out of 5.