Genre Guesstimation – Ghost in the Shell (2017)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Vern of the Video Vortex. We will be reviewing our favorite Graphic Novels that have been adapted for the screen.

The one caveat is that it has to be based on a book that has been published.

Example The Killing Joke would be acceptable because it’s based on an actual graphic novel.  The Dark Knight would not because it’s based on characters and there was no book before the movie.

Here is what appears to be the official/unofficial list of film adaptations of Graphic Novels

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of May by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Vern!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Graphic Novels that have been adapted for the screen.

“You are not defined by your past, but for your actions… ” – The Major

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 May 2017)

Brief Synopsis – An assassin that is part human and part cyborg is sent on dangerous missions in order to stop the most dangerous criminals.

My Take on it – Here is yet another example where it was decided to take a very good animated film and turn it into a live action one mainly based on the fact that technology has advanced to the point where they can.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer us anything new really because the storyline is exteremly similar to the animated original and they try to show special effects that were already done better in animated form.

Scarlett Johansson has lately been the go-to girl for action films lately and this one just doesn’t give us much more of a reason to watch it because it doesn’t feel original enough with its ideas.

Yes, some of the technology seems more realistic and plausible today than it might have two decades ago, but that doesn’t necessarily make this more enjoyable to watch.

Personally, I prefer the animated version….

Bottom Line – Another waste of time because the animated original is so much better. The effects are nice to watch but once again everything was accomplished much better twenty years ago in a better and more flowing fashion.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Based on a manga and anime of the same name.  (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not at all. This is just another live action adaptation that was unnecessarily made.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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5 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Ghost in the Shell (2017)

  1. A disappointing remake. I like the anime better too. They made some changes to dumb this down and altered the structure which hindered character development significantly, as well as dampening the intrigue and slowing down the pacing. I know the anime had some exposition heavy later scenes, but it all made the finale mean something. I don’t need to spoil the end, but I wish the movie had the same guts to go with the anime ending. Overall, visually interesting, but the storytelling was weaker.


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