Ghost in a Shell (2017)---our first S Maison Director's Club experience
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In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: a human who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to, and her life was not saved. Instead, it was stolen.-Paramount Pictures
Release date: March 31, 2017 (USA)
Director: Rupert Sanders
Adapted from: Ghost in the Shell
Music composed by: Clint Mansell, Lorne Balfe
As the people who defended SJ said, Motoko or Major is a cyborg and what Dr. Ouélet saved was her complex mind and her soul/ghost and placed it in a "shell". It doesn't matter what her country of origin or her ethnicity is. Besides, the place where they all were/are or to be "dwelling" is filled with diverse cultures...a "global city".
Notwithstanding all the complaints of equity et cetera, I love the way it was written for the screen and how the "visionaries" envisioned the scenes and executed them. In other words, the director is good, if not great, and so is the whole team.
The characters probably understood both Japanese and English, but spoke in the language they were or are comfortable with because of the possibility that because the "place" is indeed "global" in nature, then people, for survival, studied the "major" language(though debatable) of the world.
When the trailer was shown, I wasn't really interested. I did not even buy the Manga Series or watch the animated version(or did I? The title is very familiar). Last Thursday, we were supposed to watch this, but ended up watching Carrie Pilby and Northern Lights(I don't think we really watched LIFE because we didn't even last 20 minutes(I can't say the same about another Ryan Reynolds film---that was "record breaking"), but dad did...at the very least the cast is great, but...anyways, dad said there were "noble" things in the movie like sacrificing for the greater good) amid our very heavy day.
Why did we watch this then? We wanted to have our very first S Maison Director's Club experience after celebrating something at the Golden Cowrie. We have been hearing raves about this since it opened. We've seen and enjoyed Beauty and the Beast and dad was not interested in watching The Smurfs without my nephew, so...
Anyway, when the movie started, at least for me, there was no dead air.
How was our first S Maison Director's Club experience then? It was fabulous. The service is great(from the the lady at the box office/ticket sales "booth" named Kins), to the Butlers et al, to the adjustable seats that are "kind" to the lumbar spine area and nape, the food up to the movie itself, which include the audio-visual aspect(s) of the movie, of course.. I think I could liken the experience to the BHS Central Cinemas.
Anamria Marinca as Dr. Dahlin (worried about all the nicotine intake, but she was good in acting nervous and scared)