Ghost in the Shell has finally, after months of waiting, given the world its first cinematic trailer. The film is based on the popular Manga and Anime of the same name, which includes various animated films, video games, and other media spanning close to 2 decades now since the manga’s first release in 1989.
The trailer for the film is nothing short of stylish, and it is quite clear to see that director Rupert Sanders is aiming to keep the stylistic action and cybernetic setting the series is known for. Scarlett Johansson plays the lead character of Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg policewoman who is also known as Major in the film. This was met with a fair share of criticism due to Scarlett being a Caucasian female when the series generally features Asian characters, another film that is currently involved in the ongoing disputes of Hollywood “whitewashing” various films.
I personally think that this trailer looks the part, and makes me very excited to see this feature on the big screen. It is clear that the futuristic setting, combined with the action set pieces will make for some visually entertaining moments. The setting and technology of the series can make for an interesting combination, and if brought to the big screen correctly will make for a visual masterpiece, that will surely please the eyes of tech heads, and fans of the series alike. From the suit we see Major wearing, that is intentionally meant to appear as if she is naked, to the 3D hologram advertisements that loom over the city’s buildings. I can only hope that the story holds up throughout the film, and we do not simply get another case of style over substance.
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