Prior to seeing the 2017 Americanized live-action remake, I wanted to re-visit the 1995 anime version of "Ghost in the Shell". Unfortunately, I only had access to the dubbed version, so I don't think I enjoyed it quite as much as I remember.
The plot of the film is definitely very interesting. There is a lot of commentary throughout the film. First, there is the religious commentary pondering the existence of the soul, hence the title. There is also social commentary involving ethical concerns, such as the use of AI, hacking, and identity theft. The mystery of the film is also really intriguing and keeps you thinking. The mythology is well-built throughout the film, however, there are still a few things that aren't thoroughly explained and are a bit confusing.
The animation of the film is very good. The atmosphere built by the color scheme is really well-accented by the score of the film. My biggest issue with this version of the film is its dubbing. The synchronization isn't as awful as can sometimes happen in this type of film. The timing of the words matches, even though the lip movements don't exactly match the syllables pronounced. The issue mainly lies in the fact that the voice acting isn't very good. The actors all deliver the lines with such monotony to the point of being tedious at times.
Overall, "Ghost in the Shell" is a well-written and well-animated film, however, the dub is not very good at all. That dropped the film nearly a whole letter grade for me. If you have the opportunity to watch the subtitled version, I recommend it.
Ghost in the Shell
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: Starz.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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