New Ghost In The Shell Trailer Leaves Us Wanting
The new Ghost In The Shell trailer arrived today and it has left us feeling less than impressed. What started out as a promising, yet controversial, Hollywood adaptation of a beloved Japanese anime has revealed itself to be what we all secretly feared it would be: a generic action flick wearing cyberpunk clothing.
Based on the 1995 animated film of the same name Ghost In The Shell stars Scarlet Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi an elite member of a counter-terrorist organisation with a cybernetic body and a human soul (ghost). In the original anime Motoko is tasked with hunting down The Puppet Master, a hacker who has been hacking into the ghosts of civilians and using them to carry out his nefarious schemes. During the course of the film Motoko and the viewer are forced to question what it means to be human
The new film seems to be taking a different, less philosophical, approach. In the original anime we discover very little about Motoko’s history. We see what we assume to be her creation at the beginning of the film but it is never confirmed to actually be her. Instead the film focuses on her future with a strong emphasis on transformation and evolution.
Johansson’s Motoko, on the other hand, seems more interested in discovering her past. The new trailer informs us that “they did not save [Motoko’s] life, they stole it.” In a plot that feels like it was ripped straight from the pages of RoboCop Motoko must try to discover the truth about her past and the sinister series of events that lead to her being trapped in a cybernetic body.
This is a far cry from the Motoko of the original anime who showed no concern for the fact that she existed in a cybernetic body. Her only concern was what she was not why. Motoko showed very little concern for her body often removing her clothes (much to the embarrassment of Batou) or allowing her body to be destroyed in the line of duty.
The newest trailer makes us feel like we’re about to watch the latest superhero origin story as opposed to a philosophical exploration of what it means to be human. Though we were never really expecting Hollywood to delve into the deepest, darkest parts of the film’s original story we were at least hoping for a somewhat faithful adaptation. Instead what it appears we’ve got is a generic sci-fi action film dressed up as a Ghost In The Shell movie.
Don’t get us wrong, there are parts of the new trailer we absolutely loved. Visually the film looks stunning and there is no doubt that will capture the look of Ghost In The Shell perfectly but fans of the original will be left wanting more. We’ll be remaining cautiously optimistic that this is another one of Hollywood’s misleading trailers but at this point we’re losing more and more faith in Ghost In The Shell with each passing trailer.
Ghost In The Shell will be released on 29th March 2017. Directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) it stars Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano, Pilou Asbæk, Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche and Ng Chin Han.