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Fabian Giesen @rygorous
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Watched the "Ghost in the Shell" 2017 film, some random thoughts in no particular order:
1. I call for a franchise-wide ban on recreating or alluding to the spider tank scene. Yes, it was a really iconic, cool scene. But it's been DONE TO DEATH. Staaaaawp. Figure out something new to do. Anything.
2. "What if I'm not real" or "how do I know I'm real" or "what if the world isn't real" has never been, is not and will never be a compelling story by itself, no matter what you think while stoned in your 20s.
(2b. Contrast the trajectory in the 1995 film, where the Major's arc has her using her *prosthetic* body as a *crutch*, and ultimately realizing that she, as a person, is real independent of what her body is.)
2c. Also, *right now*, the world is very cyberpunk and the whole idea of weaponized memes and clashing constructions of reality and so on is *totally* in GITS's wheelhouse and *sigh*...
you could've made an actually interesting, very timely SF film if it had been about that kind of thing, and it feels like such wasted potential to be getting this instead. Sigh.
3. these characters, in the form they appear in the movie, make no goddamn sense.
The Major is not just impulsive/reckless, she's full-on "I will treat all direct orders as non-binding recommendations" and save one semi-stern reminder, everyone's basically OK with that?
Togusa: "I am not a cyborg, unlike you!" *glares into camera twice* *goes to collect paycheck* good move putting him in if you're gonna make him _that_ compelling, writers.
Saito: "Hello, I'm Saito. I appear randomly in one shot near the end. I'm a sniper and everyone's gonna pretend like I was in this story." *snipes a thing* *thing explodes* *collects paycheck*
Batou: "I *am* in this movie and have multiple lines but it's not clear why, since I never do anything."
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