Ghost in the Shell Review
Ghost in the Shell
31 March 2017
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
As per, Mamoru Oshii,
the Japanese director of the original Ghost in the Shell (1995), has spoken out against the whitewashing controversy surrounding Scarlett Johansson playing Major despite not being Japanese, he gave her his blessing and said “I believe having Scarlett play Motoko was the best possible casting for this movie.”
Reference to Blade Runner
In an establishing shot of the city, a Pan Am advert can be seen in the top left. The bankrupt airlines inclusion is a reference to Blade Runner (1982) which also had an in-film advert for them.
Several scenes in this film are exact ..
in visual comparison to the original Ghost in the Shell (1995). Even some parts shown in the city are exact re-creations of the original artwork.
Direct reference to “Neuromancer” book
The scene at the yakuza bar where Batou drinks a beer that is served by a bartender with a mechanized arm is a direct hint to “Neuromancer” by William Gibson, in which there is a character named “Ratz” who is a bartender with a mechanized arm. This book is considered to be a heavy influence on cyberpunk.
Highly digitized Hong Kong
Although shot in New Zealand and never mentioned in the film, the city depicted is actually a highly digitized Hong Kong. For example, the dirty slum with narrow housing was Hsam Shui Po and the splendid background when Major is in the boat was Hong Kong Island’s Central.
The Major is referred to several times as a “miracle”. Her anglicized name in the movie is “Mira Killian”, a tribute to the idea that she is a “miracle” of techno-human hybridization and a testament to the greatness of the human spirit.
The body suit that..
Scarlett Johansson wears in the film as Major’s synthetic body, known as the Thermosuit, is actually made out of silicone.
The holographic advertisements..
that are constantly seen in the film are not entirely CGI. Actors and stand-ins were used to perform motion capture for all of the holograms that are seen in the film.
The character of Dr. Oulet..
was originally written as a male character, but was rewritten as female to accommodate Juliette Binoche who impressed the filmmakers at her audition. Rupert Sanders was very enthusiastic about this because he liked the idea of adding some maternity to the character.
RT/Meta Critic Review
But it’s solid and attractive, at least, with a retro appeal to its cyberpunk stylings