Ghost in the Shell (2017)

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Year: 2017
Director: Rupert Sanders
Genre: Action
Category: #49 An action movie

There’s been a lot of hate for this movie particularly in the lead-up to the release which largely surrounded the choice to have Scarlett Johansson as the lead actress. Given that this film was released as a Japanese anime in the 90’s with a lot of success there was a huge concern about casting a white actress and the Hollywood whitewashing that often occurs with modern movies. I certainly think those concerns are justified but I think the creators did a good job of explaining just why she was white even when the film was set in Japan.

I haven’t seen the original so I can’t comment on the film as a comparison but I will endeavour to watch it at some point and come back to you guys.

At any rate, the premise of this movie is incredibly cool that we could basically take someone’s brain out and put it in to a man made body and then use them to fight… and honestly, I don’t think we’re all that far from being able to do something like that.

Rating: 3/5 stars

 

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Spiderman: Homecoming (2017)

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Year: 2017
Director: Jon Watts
Genre: Action
Date Watched: July 20, 2017
Category: #1 A film released in 2017

I was actually really skeptical about this movie. Mostly because I’m 27 and this is already the third version of Spiderman movies that I’ve been alive and old enough to see. I was never a huge fan of the version that starred Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire. But I really loved the Amazing Spiderman series with Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield which were released in 2012 and 2014 not even 5 years ago. So I was left asking myself what is going to be so great about Spiderman: Homecoming that it warrants an entirely new movie just a few years after the last movie was released? It seemed basically like a money making endeavor to me.

All of that being said, my friends and fiancee were super excited to see this movie so I tagged along. And you know what, as much as it had a lot of similarities to the previous movies, I thought it was super clever and incredibly well done, enough so that I actually really enjoyed it. The casting was really good, as was the plot which was just a little bit more in depth than the other movies.

Perhaps most exciting was the new improved spidersuit provided by Iron Man himself. It has so many great new features that I’m excited to see being used. At the same time though I’m a little conflicted because it’s made Spiderman much less about his cool abilities and much more about the tech that he uses, tech that he didn’t even make himself. Part of what makes the Iron Man technology so great is that Iron Man did actually make it himself.

I’m looking forward to the upcoming movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to see what they incorporate.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

 

Ghostbusters (2016)

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Year: 2016
Director: Paul Feig
Genre: Science Fiction/Action
Date Watched: February 24, 2017
Category: A remake

I’ll be honest… I saw the original Ghostbusters once… and it didn’t really make an impression on me. However, I do like Melissa McCarthy so I was all for seeing this one. Plus, a remake with a gender swapped cast? That sounded amazing.

I can’t comment on how true to the original film this is but I can say I enjoyed it. The characters were great, 4 women all with very strong personalities and the dopiest male receptionist known to man? Amazing. The 4 ghostbusters are Erin (the serious one), Abby (the believer), Holtzmann (the inventor) and Patty (the street-smart one). As much as a I loved the other characters it was Holtzmann who stole the show for me. Untraditional in all the best ways and always getting into trouble somehow. The film even included various cameos from Bill Murray to Sigourney Weaver for those who enjoy that kind of thing.

The storyline itself was fairly simplistic but interesting to watch just the same and the special effects were obviously an update on those in the original films.

I can’t see myself watching this one again and it’s not going to make it on to my favourites list anytime soon but I really did enjoy the it and if they were to do a second film focussing on Holtzmann I would be right there to see it.

Rating: 3/5