Before I dive into how excited I am for this film, I have to point out that there is genuine reason for skepticism with this project. Rupert Sanders is a great visual stylist but a lackluster storyteller, and Snow White and the Huntsman suffered from that problem. It was beautifully boring, and I worry that that might become Sanders' trademark. The fact that Straight Outta Compton's Jonathan Herman is writing the screenplay gives me some confidence, but I am still concerned that Ghost in the Shell could fall short in the story department. That being said, this looks like a dazzling film. Some of the visuals on display in this trailer are truly jaw-dropping and breathtaking, totally unique in the modern blockbuster world. Even if Ghost in the Shell disappoints, it will be one of the most visually stunning movies of 2017. Overall, this looks like an exceptionally fun action movie, a modern rendition of Blade Runner that could be a breakout hit next year. Scarlett Johansson turned Lucy into a major smash, and I'm hoping she can do the same with this big-budget adaptation. With Valerian, A Cure for Wellness, Ghost in the Shell, and a variety of franchise films like Star Wars: Episode VIII, Blade Runner 2049, and Alien: Covenant all hitting theaters next year, it's shaping up to be a pretty great year for science fiction.
Ghost in the Shell hits theaters on March 31, 2017.
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