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Movie Review: Ghost In The Shell (2017)

So, t’is one of those films with a handful of criticisms. Tell ya. Scarlett Johansson (a.k.a. Major Killian) had the Media Action Network for Asian Americans accusing her of lying when she said she would never play a role outside her own race. Sounds ‘racist’.

But here she is — the lead character in the movie Ghost In The Shell — supposedly as Motoko Kusanagi. Hmm… Perhaps it’s one ‘major’ reason why the film has so far failed at the box office.

The story line was in fact okay (using a human brain in creating some cyborg for a soldier) despite claims that many facets in the original (which was rooted in Japan) was ignored when t’was made into a film. And true enough, there were significant cracks in it.

WHITEWASHING

Since the original is that of Japanese, Hollywood can’t always expect success like that of ‘The Ring’ which was also of Japanese origin. And so, in this case, they could have casted Lucy Liu or some other Asian star instead. See, the problem with whitewashing is simple — the character’s features.

Cool prosthetics

Scarlett is just ‘too white’, more than her skin color, it’s her features that is. Now, we’re not trying to be racists ourselves but there’s just what we call a ‘perfect fit’ for most everything. Got the point?

BLACK BOB CUT

T’is the most obvious feature that doesn’t suit Scarlett — the black bob cut hair. She just looks kinda fake in it, you know, the hair lacks that bounce. Well, unlike Charlize Theron when she did Aeon Flux, her black bob cut did really suit her. So then what’s the root?

Scarlett in a black bob cut hair

Scarlett appears to have a ‘bigger’ face, thus, it emphasizes her being of a ‘white race’ even more. That simple.

MIXED LANGUAGE

Chief Daisuke Aramaki (Takeshi Kitano) seems to be the only one talking in Japanese — and even to main characters at that! This then makes the film, his character — attention calling. While there are those who could understand and speak more than one language, however, in a film if a key character doesn’t communicate as to the language spoken to him then it sorta weakens that line.

HUMAN LASER FIGURES

Seeing those giant human laser figures beside ‘em buildings sends us questioning. How necessary are those laser beams anyway, wouldn’t the story survive without those giant figures? ‘Cause it just makes the movie look something like a joke.

Beautiful skyline

Anyway, on the positive note, the prosthetics in this film was real cool. Guess we’re better in robotics than making people look like beasts or ‘animals’. Hehe. Another positive would be the wonderful skyline of Hong Kong. Stacking close together, ‘em buildings certainly look at par with that of New York.

In the end, some of those who watched Ghost In The Shell must have only been curious of Scarlett Johansson’s naked-like outfit, huh? Well, put it in the bank.

Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

You may not have just heard it, but even experienced it as well. Hey, Beauty and the Beast has simply been breakin’ box office records! Really. Some malls even have as many as 3-4 of their cinemas showing the ‘humanized’ movie of the 1991 classic. Wow!

Shows that the world has really been waiting for this film! Still, if you have seen the ‘original’ (yup, the animated form), one can’t help but compare of course — and imagine the ‘humanized’ version to its cartoon predecessor.

PERFECT BELLE

Probably the coolest thing about the ‘humanized’ Beauty and the Beast is casting Emma Watson as the lead. Her aura of simplicity just illuminates even the darkest corners of a castle (yeah, regardless of Lumière hehe) and that with a beauty that could break a ‘beastly’ spell. Just enough sophistication indeed.

Don’t you just love Belle’s dress??
Emma Watson: Perfect choice as Belle

SO-SO PROSTHETICS

Guess the appearance of the ‘cartoon’ beast is a little better here. The prosthetics in the ‘humanized’ form is just kinda rubbish. With downward-pointing fangs (t’was upwards in the cartoon) and large horns pointing backwards (t’was two cute, front-pointing little horns back then) — the beast looks evil rather than just a troubled soul.

The beast with his kindest look
The beast’s kindest look in animation

UNDYING THEME SONG

What ‘else’ makes a classic fairy tale movie, huh? Great story. Cool graphics. Wonderful cast. And of course, a ‘moving’ theme song. Just wished t’was the Celine Dion-Peabo Bryson version they had in this movie, haaahh — that would have brought the house down!

The cast

NOT SO GOOD 3D

If the prosthetics was ‘so-so’ then the 3D should have been good to at least make up for it; sadly, while the candle, the clock, and the wardrobe were okay — the pot, the teacup, the feather duster, and even the wolves were an obvious separation from reality. Well, hopefully in the near future..

There’s just something about meeting in the middle, eh? Dramatic?
Simply ‘beauty’ and the beast

POSSIBLE SEQUEL

And speaking of the future — while it’s not ideal to make a sequel for fairy tales as it would only bring confusion especially to children (remember, we also use fairy tales to teach kids some values, so we do not really want a commercialized version of any, any tale), the tremendous support for this film could have producers thinkin’ about it, the sequel. Just don’t put in too much twists to it. Okay?

Their mutual love for books made that connection

Instead, make it a tale as old as time, a tune as old as song, and a song as old as rhyme‘.. Yeah, Beauty and the Beast.