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A Look at Luc Besson at His Best
This episode of IMDb Originals explores the work of Luc Besson, using high quality clips to guide viewers through some of his influences while showcasing his trademark style. Director's Trademark browses through some of Besson's finest films and analyses the characters, settings and visuals, allowing viewers to discover how he crafts such gripping and absorbing stories.
For Luc Besson admirers, this is a highly recommended episode to look into and learn just a fraction of what makes Besson a brilliant artist and why his films leave a lasting impression.
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
An Adaptation that Aquires a New Shell
This isn't just a generic remake; it's not a half-ass cash grab. Ghost in the Shell's 2017 live-action adaption dares to take its original concept and offer something new and meaningful.
So much can be praised for this film. The visuals and soundtrack were beautifully paired to create an atmospheric world. The deeper meanings were present and written as an updated version of previous answers offered, which is something to highlight. The various symbolic undertones smoothly intertwine with the main story, creating a meaningful film while the story is complex enough to stand above generic sci-fi but not delve into convoluted or confusing grounds.The characters are not cardboard cutouts; they're developed and walk a blurred line between right and wrong and their motivations are more complex than a good vs bad ideology. Scarlett Johansson was incredible as an actress in this role, and adds emotional connection to the fleshed out Motoko Kusanagi character, which goes beyond her characterization from previous entries - something else to highlight. Her character is fascinating and one you can easily root for and feel her struggles. In addition, the rest of the cast can be admirable with most characters being performed by respectable choices. Instead of taking a route of remaking the film shot-for-shot, this film pays respect to the original one with slight nods. Story-wise, it combines elements from previous entries while still appearing fresh, and explores similar questions but approaches them with new answers, which is something to admire. The film finds a new shell to possess, in a sense.
The only noticeable flaws were a with pacing at the beginning and with a few generic dialogue choices. It has a few sentences of exposition during the opening credits, which is boring but easy to overlook as a setback. While the film has less philosophy than the 1995 anime, there is some present and it's worth analyzing. Watching the trailer, the film is presented as a more simplistic film than the film itself. Other than those minor setbacks, I conclude, this film is: Worthy of Theater Admission Price!