The majority of praise heaped onto this film is due to its visuals, art, design, and presentation of the world of GITS, and they are not wrong...this is a beautiful film from beginning to ending. It harkens back to the style laid down by BLADE RUNNER and modern Asian megacities and also incorporates the style seen in the animation films and series along with the original manga. It looks, sounds, and feels like the world of GTIS down to the cars, costumes, gear, and the computer operating systems. It is more than we fans could have hoped for, and at times, it is wondrous to behold.
When it comes to Scarlett Johansson's performance, it is a mixed bag, but she brings some cool professionalism to the role and it seems that she based her version of the Major on the 1995 film and not the manga character, and she captures elements of the machinery of being a professional CT agent that is detached from the rest of humanity, while serving to protect it. When the film gels and the retrofitted plot comes into its own, there is some cohesion and some enjoyment with the beautiful scenery adding to all of it.
BLADE RUNNER 2049!
The UGLY (SPOILER ALERT!)
SPOILER...so, continue reading at your own risk!
Okay, it involved the character of "The Major". In the original source materials, Motoko Kusanagi is a former soldier and an agent with Section 9 of public security that is mostly cybernetic via a Mega-Tech body of the latest generation and technology making her the bleeding edge of cybernetic bodies.
Bottomline and Should You See GITS 2017?
Why the Hate for this Film?