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RE: just back from the theater....

I saw it Imax / 3D.
Highly interesting visuals of the highest quality.
It is an origins story in that we learn how the Major, the full cybernetic human, comes to be. This movie seems to leave off exactly where the previous animated movie from 1995 begins.

I could pick at some distracting elements within this movie if I wanted to. But I found the overall arc of the story was strong enough for me to suspend my disbelief.

This is an english speaking movie, yet there are brief scenes where some major characters speak Japanese while the screen offers English subtitles. But only briefly. I can't fathom why this was done.

For those who have seen both "Ghost In The Shell" movies: GITS then GITS: Innosense, and then followed by a third movie called GITS:The Solid State Society; by a different production company that followed up by producing an animated TV series called "Ghost In The Shell: Standalone complex",then the GITS/SAC,2nd gig, all the main characters within Section 9 are there and recognizable. Batou, Motoko, Togusa, Aramaki, and Ishikawa. I thought the Batou character in the film came close to the animated Batou in appearance and demeanor. Expecially later on in the film.

The thing to know about Batou is that he's got a thing for the Major. He can't hide it. He cares. In the animated versions, the Major never reciprocates this feeling, but does offer her friendship. And this seems consistent in the film.

Aramaki, in the film doesn't look like Aramaki in the anime. But otherwise his character fits. An older, experienced and intelligent operative that also seems quite wise. An excellent leader of the team who knows how to deal with politicians and operatives at the same time.

We learn more about Togusa in the anime and tv series than in this film. but he's there. Ishikawa, the same.

I presume there could be a sequel for this movie, if box office numbers manage to pay for what must have been an astronomical cost of production. At the matinee I was one of 6.

When this comes out on video I'll definitely buy the Blu Ray.

-Steve





Edits: 04/10/17 04/10/17

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