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Review: Ghost in the Shell

December 2, 2008 Review

After years of being a fan of GitS: Stand Alone Complex, I finally got around to watching the original Ghost in the Shell movie. And here’s the review. I’m expecting a rush of “not helpful” feedbacks because I reviewed it negatively, hahaaaaa.

I’m wishing again that users on MAL could actually leave comments on reviews so I know for sure why people think some of mine are “unhelpful,” particularly when I think I’ve reviewed in favor of the general consensus, like my Perfect Blue review. I want to know if it’s actually something about my writing or people disagreeing with my opinion. Ah, well.

I just finished Nodame Cantabile, so that review should be coming up soon~.

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  1. Ian K on December 2, 2008 4:59 pm

    I thought your review was fair, although I have a somewhat different opinion.

    My take is that GitS is basically an art flick (albeit a high budget one with lots of action). The focus is not on the plot or fleshing out the characters, rather it is using audio and visual cues to illustrate the Major’s spiritual journey (wow, don’t I sound pretentious). The movie wants you to feel the Major’s disconnection from the real world, so that you can understand her desperation to meet the puppet master at the end, as well as why she would be willing to accept his offer. This Major is a very different person from the one in SAC, and I thought that Wood’s voice fit the role quite well.

    I can’t really state that GitS is categorically better than you rate it, but I do know that it works for me.

  2. Kiriska on December 2, 2008 6:04 pm

    I can see how viewing it as an art film can improve one’s impression of it — to be fair, I did get the idea that the various montages and drawn out dream-like sequences were meant to emphasize the Major’s state of mind and personal philosophy. (And given how Innocence turned out, I guess it’s more obvious that it’s a movie sequel of something so conceptual and philosophical.) It’s just that the action and the political story gave it so much potential as a more “normal” movie, so that’s what I wanted/expected from it.

    Anyway, it’s good to know that there are people that can agree to disagree. Thanks for the comment. :)