Ghost in the Shell Trailer: Disaster or Genius?

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The trailer for Ghost in the Shell is finally here–and I’m having a hard time getting excited about it.

When Scarlett Johansson was announced as the lead for Ghost in the Shell, outrage spread over the Internet. A flurry of controversy also surrounded Dr. Strange upon its inception for the same reason. Both films should have major Asian characters. It’s no secret that Hollywood loves to whitewash, though for a while, Ghost in the Shell has been in the background. With the release of the trailer earlier this morning, we get our first real glimpse into the upcoming film. I’m not going to lie, I’m not completely sold yet.

WARNING: Minor spoilers regarding the main Ghost in the Shell plot follow.

I remember being in high school, sitting hunched over my best friend’s desktop watching the opening sequence from the Ghost in the Shell anime about three dozen times. Originally a manga by Masamune Shirow, it was adapted into an anime in 1995. It tells the story of a character known as Major Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg security officer with a mission to destroy a deadly hacker organization. Without giving too much away, Major is a ‘mind’ that has been uploaded into a cyber-engineered body after an accident that left her paralyzed. During the film, she seeks to discover her previous identity. All the while, she must fulfill her task to eliminate the threats to the cyber world.

The trailer itself is fairly underwhelming – it’s a strange mishmash of video game graphics and live action. In some parts, I wasn’t even really sure what I was watching.  Two female characters share a kiss, but it’s unclear if this is an aspect of Major’s identity or a longing to be a part of the world in which she exists. Scarlett Johansson pulls off the deadpan wistful robot role well. Holographs project onto buildings,there are martial arts and stunning stunts, and every iota of the trailer is woven with an energetic cyberpunk aesthetic. Paramount shoved in some slow motion glass breaking, lots of lights and buttons, and diving off buildings to create the appropriate feelings of peril.

Ghost in the Shell will be released in theaters March 31, 2017. You can view the official trailer here. What do you think, folks? Is Paramount going to do Ghost in the Shell justice, or are they leading it down a path of ruin? Let us know in the comments below.

Author: Bekah

Bekah has a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Anderson University and is the Executive Assistant at Saga Event Planning. She is a frequent convention attendee and cosplayer and co-hosts The Geekiary webcast “The Bitching Dead”.


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