“I see, and where can I purchase this upgraded model?” thought the guy who made a janky Scarlett Johansson robot.
Before ScarJo goes old timey as Zelda Fitzgerald, she goes futuristic Real Doll assassin in Ghost in the Shell. We already knew what Scarlett was going to look like as Major (ie. not Japanese), and back in September we got a teaser trailer. Now we’ve got the official trailer.
I did not read the comics, so I know little about what is going on here. But from what my brain has cobbled together from this trailer, Ghost in the Shell is a Japanese Westworld crossed with The Matrix that caters exclusively to nightmare enthusiasts and cybergoth strippers.
Ghost in the Shell is set in 2029, which begs the question: if they’re going to change the race of the main character, why wouldn’t they also take some creative license with her outfit? It’s the future, you’d think there would be more style options for Scarlett’s character. She’s either the cyborg-equivalent to butt naked, or wearing a tragically drab grey outerwear situation. One of those future times prostitutes should hook her up with a pair of neon short shorts. You know, for those days she wants to feel a little sassy.
Just like every time a new nugget of Ghost in the Shell pops up, people aren’t having it. This time the complaint is that it’s too Hollywood. I’m not sure about that. I think too Hollywood would be cyborg Scarlett Johansson skipping around Harajuku with a ghost cat named Hello Shelly to Depeche Mode’s Just Can’t Get Enough instead of Enjoy the Silence. That’ll probably happen in the sequel.