“They created me but they cannot control me.”
As many of you know, the anime, more specifically the movie, the Ghost in the Shell has been made into a live action. Now, usually or well most of the time, every anime that is made into a live action drama or movie ends as absolute crap. Except for Prison School. That drama was pure gold.
Everyone, please watch the anime and the drama.
On Thursday I was lucky enough to be able to watch Ghost in the Shell in standard definition because the 3D was sold out. Salty as hell. There were about 10 people in the movie theater which was a plus. Fewer distractions. I was able to watch the film in peace instead of trying to not smack a bitch for talking. So what were the differences? Was the live action any good? Did the live action give the anime justice or was it just a big piece of baloney? Let me answer these questions. Using my opinion. *MY OPINION*
Dear humans that knew the anime Ghost in the Shell existed and also knew that it was going to be made into a live action, you probably already know this so just sit tight and chill. Dear humans who don’t or did not know, get ready for the stupidest piece of information known to mankind.
So of course, Ghost in the Shell is an anime, meaning that it was made in Japan, meaning that most people think “Ah Japan! So JAPANESE PEOPLE MUST ACT”. Now I get where you are coming from. I love anime and the Japanese. I get… Praise the Japanese. I get it but seriously guys this movie was made in the USA which means that yes, of course, it will most likely have AMERICAN actors, AMERICA…. DREAM WORKS. *Cough* Western adaptation. In what sort of demented universe do you live in? Yeah, there are Asian actors like Jackie Chan (please no), Ken Watanabe, Sandra Oh, Steven Yeun, Yunjin Kim (bae), Tamlyn Tomita, John Cho (you gorgeous creature), Ken Jeong (you damn hilarious man), and a lot more. Yes, it was possible for the whole main cast to be Asian (I swear if only Japanese people would work for you uneducated shits then I can’t…no offense). It would be awesome to have an Asian cast but please, try to imagine Ken Jeong as Batou a white-haired, beastly, massive man. Just imagine real quick… close your eyes…thank you for cooperating. An Asian actor or actress won’t naturally make a live action movie any better. Will we ALSO remember the fact that Batou doesn’t even LOOK Japanese? Take Major here as well…
If you see a Japanese woman above, then I don’t even know what to tell you anymore.
This movie is not white washed.
The anime vs. live action
The anime vs. live action basics
Here is the synopsis from my anime list:
In the year 2029, advances in Cybernetics allow people to replace nearly all of their body parts and organs with robotics. Through these prosthetics, the weak are made strong, and the dying are given new life. Public Security Section 9 of Niihama City (a fictional setting inspired by Hong Kong), a diverse team of AI, cyborgs and unmodified humans, must investigate cases of corruption and terrorism. Major Motoko Kusanagi has full-body prosthetics, owing to a childhood accident. She, her second in command Batou and information specialist Ishikawa have been assigned an important task: to investigate a hacker known only as “The Puppetmaster.” But as Motoko and her team discover, things are never so simple.
My terrible synopsis of anime:
Major Motoko a woman with full body prosthetics but with a human brain hunts down bad people along with the rest of the Public Security Section 9 of Niihima City. A mysterious Hacker known as the “puppet master” starts causing chaos so Major, Batou (her second in command), and Ishikawa (information specialist) must find and take him down. But as Major Motoko gets deeper and deeper into the assignment she realizes that “The Puppetmaster” is not just some random hacker.
Now, what is the synopsis of the live action? Weirdly enough the same thing but…these are just the basics. Let us get deeper into it.
The anime vs. live action not so basics
Ah… this movie…this movie… the live action ended up being the polar opposite. The live action actually adds some characters. Now, I know, I know… why would that matter? Well, these characters play a huge role in the movie. Such a huge roll that a lot of things change. Why? Well with new characters come new scenes. These characters completely twist a lot of critical concepts. It’s bad…so bad. Right at the start, the live action takes a turn. A turn that actually takes up time that could have been used to make the movie more like the anime. Don’t get me wrong there were some similarities but with every analogy came a significant change. In the anime, Major and her squad hunt down a garbage truck because one of the drivers keeps leaving different hack openings by using a public telephone (I’m not sure how to phrase it). The team uses those hacks to find them. In the live action, there is also a garbage truck with two men, but instead of doing the whole hacking thing, they smash into a car in which ONE OF THE ADDED MAIN CHARACTERS is inside. So it goes from… hacking to killing a character that wasn’t in the anime. That’s a basic example, I will not say anymore, so I don’t ruin crucial parts of the movie.
The anime vs. live action outfits/just basically how they all looked
I am so happy I can keep this short because they did a pretty good job. Yeah, of course, everything is not identical, but they did pretty well. Majors thermoptic suit is bad ass.
Major’s character is also great when it comes to her face, and her body build. Please admit they did the right thing by choosing Scarlett Johansson. Look at this.
So was the live action good? Did it serve the anime Justice?
Alright, did it serve the anime Justice? Nope. Sorry but I mean come on. It was a western adaptation. NOT LIKE THE ADAPTATIONS IN JAPAN ARE ANY BETTER LIKE HAVE YOU SEEN ATTACK ON TITAN?! WHAT IN THE HELL WERE THEY THINKING?!
Was it good? Alright, when it comes to all the special effects and the Sci-fi environment, it was unbelievable. When it comes to the individual characters, Major did have that kind of cold monotone voice but… it was a bit TOO cold. The anime showed a lot more feeling. In the anime one can also see how much Batou cares for Major, in the live action it’s not that obvious, he mostly just freaks out when she doesn’t respond and then kills everyone. Also in the anime, the conversations they had were a lot more emotional. For example, when Batou and Major were on the boat they had an emotional moment. In the live action… he hands her a beer. In the end that conversation did not even get anywhere just like most conversations. The script was just off. Completely off. Nothing leads to anything. So basically it sort of seems like every scene where they were not blasting each other was just a cliffhanger. That was incredibly aggravating, and I think they could have done a lot better. Maybe they were trying to focus mainly on the visual stuff? If they were, then they did an excellent job. So okay the golden question, was it good? Ahhhhhh, it wasn’t bad, so it was decent. Even though it was completely different, it was interesting. Not a terrible movie but not the best. I give it a 7/10. Pretty good score.
If you like sci-fi action movies, then I recommend it. If you love The Ghost in the Shell and don’t get butt hurt whenever something doesn’t go your way, then go ahead and watch it. If you end up hating the live action then just go watch the anime all over again and flush the live action right out of your brain.