Visually stunning, mentally void -bursts of action between long boring scenes of dialogue, minimal plot.
Too long, too slow, and the CGI was too often really terrible - plus, why are almost all of the lead characters Caucasian when the story is set in Japan???
I thought there would be more to it.
Acting was fine. Bit slow in some parts. Fighting scenes were cool.
The final bit was almost like a lame boss battle though
I enjoyed it but admit its depth is PG-13 like "Star Wars". It's a tame sequel to "Blade Runner" (1982 original), "under the skin", "terminator series". It substitutes visual concrete context for disturbing abstract depth
Ghost in the Shell was a decent movie. However, it just wasn't as action packed or eye riveting as I thought it would be. The trailer made it seem like it would be very intense but it was not as exciting. Johansson acted well, but she did not fit into the character of Major that well. It did get better towards the end, but I felt it was just a bit too slow getting there.
Visually great but I would have enjoyed it if they had given another actress a chance to play the lead role. I am a ScarJo fan but I am getting tired of seeing her in these movies and not getting the Black Widow movie that we all deserve!!
This movie has a lot of criticism surrounding the acting choices, while ignoring the actual movie itself. I wouldn't trust a lot of Rotten Tomatoes ratings, as a slew of people rated it a low score without ever touching the movie. As a stand-alone movie, it's not bad. I wouldn't say it was without fault simply because they decided to go a different direction from the original while keeping similar scenes, which left it feeling a little disjointed and broken up. The real joy of the movie comes from the director's obvious love for the original film, making sure the opening scene of the movie was as cinematically close as possible to the original while being a live-action feature film. The actresses and actors all look strikingly like their animated counter-parts (the first half of the movie I was screaming "WHERE ARE BALTO'S EYES" and felt extreme relief when they added them in), and I think the film, while not perfect, did the series justice as an American adaptation.
A visually impressive addition to the Ghost in the Shell franchise, this entry--while telling a new story--keeps very true to the themes that underlie all of the Ghost in the Shell incarnations. I grant that some of my enjoyment of the movie is probably nostalgic, but I loved that they took pains to incorporate a myriad of little nods--and a few big ones--to its franchise siblings, without just recreating one of the existing stories. I also appreciated that there were in-story explanations for concerns I heard voiced after the trailer dropped, such as Batou's eyes, and the Major's ethnicity.
wow was that a disappointment! Casting has to take a hit here, this film was not for Johanson and it showed, not her best work. Noomi Rapace should have gotten this role. Too bad it misses the mark
Its is a pretty interesting movie. I realized that what the movie is trying to tell us is to warn us that the technology nowadays is very high-tech that in the future it will rule over us and we can not control it anymore. The CG is pretty good, and Scarlett Johansson is bad-ass. Overall, the movie is worth-to-watch if you want to see an action-flick movie.
Without Scarlett Johansson this would just be another martial arts / CGI movie.
The opportunity to see Scarlett Johansson nearly nude in several scenes really doesn't make
up the for the lack of plot, bad CGI and exploitation of the tech industry.
I mean really, the holograms are rampant along with eye blistering CGI graphics that constantly run in the background of every scene.
Okay, in the vast future we can teleport our minds & send holographic images across dimensions, and create life like sensient beings but we still use gun powder to propel metal projectiles called bullets out of a clunky hand held gun in the future? And still miss out targets again and again and again, yawn ;-O.
This film is a Scarlet Johansen vehicle funded by the emerging enterprises of Chinese hollywood backers. If you want to see an over-the-top CGI martial arts film, this is for you. If you otherwise want to see Scarlett Johanssn in epic roles watch: "Lucy" or "Under The Skin".
Slower paced in some parts but still an action movie. Not my type of movie though. Not my choice of topic for an action movie. Just didn't do it for me!
Ghost in a Shell does a better job of making a live action version of the anime than I would have expected. As many other reviewers stated, the movie is visually amazing. If you are a fan of Cyberpunk dystopian futures, you will love the overall look of this movie. Aside from that, there isn't anything amazing about this adaptation. It isn't epic or mindblowing, but it is good, and that's good enough for me to enjoy it. If you twisted my arm for a complaint, I would say that it was kinda of 'meh'. The GITS manga was released almost 30 years ago, and the anime was released more than 20 years ago. The story is also something we've seen before: Cyborg super soldier discovers their mysterious origins are tied to a current case they're working on. That isn't bad, its just not new. The overall movie would have benefitted immensely if it was rated R instead of PG.
Lackluster adaptation of anime -- some visual spectacle, but everything feels secondhand and sluggishly imitative. The director seems to feel that Johansson's body in a skin-tight iPhone-inspired sheath will provide some cohesion to the movie, and so doesn't worry much about things like plot, character development, or dialogue, all of which are rudimentary and pilfered from other, better movies.
Very good. Let's hope that inserting human brains into robots won't really come to pass.
I also hope that Johansson won't let herself be typecast as a robot or superhuman. She seems to be on her way to doing just that, if past history is any indication.
Very interesting story.
I give it a thumbs down. I'm not a big Scarlett Johansson fan and couldn't tell if she was acting robotic or mechanical. But I didn't really care. Visual effects are good, but it didn't tell an interesting story.
I've not read any of the comics, so my assessment is untainted. I thought the film was simply superb. Scarlett Johansson was mesmerizing. The story was a good story that was well worth watching. The special affects and the choreographing were great.
I'd recommend ANY other adaptation of the comics: the multiple anime shows and movies are all richer and more vibrant than this movie version. (And less problematic in their casting).
Problems I had with this version:
the grayed out colors, turning Major into basically a child instead of a long-term military/police professional, displacing her strong adult friendships with her colleagues with a mother-type relationship with the cybernetic scientist, the lack of focus and meaning to the landscapes and framing ("there's a lot going on in this city shot but I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be looking at?"), literal lack of color, basically a simplification of everything from characters backstories to coworker friendships to politics, etc.
Disappointing. Could have been a good movie but wound up being a cross between Robocop & Blade Runner plus something else I can't identify...also, what was up with Major's voice - you couldn't make out what she was saying half of the time?! Just annoying when a good plotline falls flat - see something else instead and don't waste your time.