Ghost in the Shell… WHAT A FILM!
Firstly, the soundtrack is incredible and is so suited to the film. It sounded like a mix of Indian and Japanese music at times and it was brilliant and very interesting to listen to. The audio married with the visuals made Ghost in the Shell a well-executed film that was stunning for the ears and eyes. This film felt like art. It was quite inspiring.
The visual style of this anime is a real treat. It blends naturalism with stylistic moving images, creating a ‘computerised’ feeling for the viewer. It almost felt avant-garde in its approach. The more stylised moments were timed well and weren’t over used, creating a balance that I appreciated. Perhaps what holds this film even higher in my regard is that it looks timeless. Due to the effects, I found it quite hard to believe that is was made in 1995!
The film is very technological, so keeping up with the language was a little challenging at times. But on the whole, the storyline was well thought through and very engaging. The language used was such a treat. (I’ve said that word twice now but there’s really no other word for it!). I think I connected with the language so well because, at times, some of the characters spoke quite deeply. I think the use of language is especially important in characters such as Motoko because the content has a lot to say about the interconnection between ‘robot’ and ‘human’ and what the merge of the two means.
On reflection, I didn’t have a particularly strong connection with any of the characters, which is a shame but I did still care about the story and its happenings. This mixture gives the film credibility in its storytelling ability – I didn’t have to care much about the characters to be actively engaged with it.
There’s one event in particular which I am still a little confused about. There’s a moving tableau where we see different beings with Motoko Kusanagi’s face. To my understanding, this wasn’t explained and, as a result, I am still quite intrigued as to its meaning – any heads up?
As a whole, Ghost in the Shell is a must-see and I now understand why it’s talked about so widely. If you haven’t seen it, let me know what you think and if you have, let me know your views, I’d be very interested to know.