MoviesWatch the Creepy-as-Hell First Teasers for Scarlett Johansson's Ghost in the Shell
Dubious casting aside, our first real look at the long-awaited remake is intriguing stuff.
From the very first photo, the live-action adaptation of the critically acclaimed manga/anime Ghost in the Shell started out on the wrong foot. Criticized for taking the Japanese lead role of cyborg detective Matoko Kusanagi and whitewashing it by way of Scarlett Johansson, the movie has more or less become the party guest that might be pretty cool, but started the night by spilling beer all over the host's favorite shirt.
But Ghost in the Shell is trying to make up for that now, in its own way. Maybe it's too late to recast, but it's not too late to make the movie look really cool via five super-mysterious ten-second teasers. And dammit, the movie does look cool.
If you don't know much about Ghost in the Shell, the teasers mainly just sell a sort of spooky sci-fi vibe where people hack into computers and wear creepy geisha masks, kind of like The Matrix but spookier. Of course, as any geek worth his salt will tell you, Ghost in the Shell is the anime that inspired the Wachowskis to make The Matrix, allegedly playing the 1995 animated film for their producers and saying "We wanna do that for real."
But even though it inspired one of the most influential sci-fi action movies ever made, there's no guarantee that the live-action Ghost in the Shell will be able to escape its own long shadow. The '95 film is a thoughtful, moody, understated thing, which is what these teasers seem to want to convey—check out that scene where Takeshi Kitano, as Chief Daisuke Aramaki, empties his revolver. It's not badass or imposing; in fact it's strange and bizarre, shot from below and weirdly devoid of any of the usual emotions we'd expect to see from someone who just emptied their revolver.
Mostly, though, it just seems like we're supposed to be assured that the guy who made Snow White and the Huntsman was in fact, the right man to direct this movie. So far, we're game.