Similar to 2001: A Space Odyssey, Ghost in the Shell has always been more of a sensory experience than a narratively compelling one. For me, the best moments have nothing to do with the story, such as the dialogue-free sequence that’s essentially a grand tour of dystopian Tokyo. Presented in long takes, accompanied by nothing but Kenjo Kawai’s haunting score, it’s like viewing a series of vivid animatic paintings. Though I’m not a massive anime fan, the film is constantly engaging just to look at, nearly every scene so rich with detail that catching everything in one sitting is impossible
This film misses the point of the story, they threw aside the human element, there’s a heart to this story and they tossed it aside for action and second rate visual effects and the mystery is not really a very well good one, you really see it coming.
Ultimately, as a complete novice to this series, I found the story and the world a bit strange and slightly perplexing if I’m being honest. It can’t be easy transferring certain parts of a manga comic to live action though, so I’ll give them a pass on that. I enjoyed some aspects of the story, I thought Sanders direction was decent enough and the cast did well with what they had. I’d recommend giving it a blast if you’ve got some spare time to kill. It was a decent enough film.