Scarlett Johansson’s Ghost In The Shell: Critics Thoughts.

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The new movie starring Scarlett Johansson is coming to theaters this weekend. Ghost in the shell is a Live-Action film based on the hit animation movie release in 1995. It is set to open at more than 3200 theaters alongside DreamWorks latest animation movie The Boss Baby. Both movies are expected to gross $33 Million each at the domestic Box Office in the opening weekend.

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Here are the early critics’ reviews:

The Telegraph – Tim Robey

There are moments which directly recreate Oshii’s best scenes, with real sets and actors performing a balletic kind of stunt-karaoke. But the story is far more graspable – more streamlined – and the gracenotes, action-free, tend to be the highlights.

Variety – Guy Lodge

Spectacularly honoring the spirit and aesthetic of Mamoru Oshii’s beloved animated adaptations without resorting wholly to slavish cosplay, this is smart, hard-lacquered entertainment that may just trump the original films for galloping storytelling momentum and sheer, coruscating visual excitement — even if a measure of their eerie, melancholic spirit hasn’t quite carried over to the immaculate new carapace.

Indiewire – Mike McCahill

Whatever philosophical nuggets were lurking amid Oshii’s tangled plotting, they surely merited closer consideration by a filmmaker who wasn’t just trading in gloss, and doesn’t merely regard human beings as elements of design.

TheWrap – Ben Croll

Ghost in the Shall is a technical knockout, a here-and-now valentine to what design wizardry Hollywood can pull off in 2017. At the same time, it does so in service of a tired tale full of repurposed visual tricks, storytelling clichés and big-studio concessions.

Screen International – Lisa Nesselson

Even though there’s an enormous amount to look at and digest, little of this film is truly memorable or thought-provoking.

The Hollywood Reporter – Jordan Mintzer

If the “ghost” of anime classic Ghost in the Shell refers to the soul looming inside of its killer female cyborg, then this live-action reboot from director Rupert Sanders really only leaves us the shell: a heavily computer-generated enterprise with more body than brains, more visuals than ideas, as if the original movie’s hard drive had been wiped clean of all that was dark, poetic and mystifying.

Ghost in the shell

  • Synopsis:

In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga, “The Ghost in the Shell.”

  • Director: Rupert Sanders.
  • Cast:

Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbaek, Michael Pitt, Takeshi Kitano, Rila Fukushima, Juliette Binoche, Chin Han, Lasarus Ratuere, Tawanda Manyimo, Yutaka Izumihara

  • Genre(s): Action, Drama, Science Fiction.
  • Runtime: 100 min.
  • Trailer: Here.


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