In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: a human who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that her life was stolen instead of saved. Now, she will stop at nothing to recover her past while punishing those who did this to her.

I saw this one with my SO on one of those rare nights when someone you trust says “if you guys want to go out for a…” and you don’t hear the rest of the sentence because you’re already starting the car. I’ve really been dropping the ball on actually seeing these movies in a “mommy” capacity. I guess the takeaway is that once they start crawling and being super busy, its damn hard to get them to go to the movies with you and stay for the whole thing, especially when the matinee falls smack dab in the middle of nap time. Plus, we’re in a winter drought of no good stars & strollers movies for kids.

Ah well, all you can do is your best right. So anyway hubs and I went for some all you can eat sushi then sort of did this long round-about drive home that somehow had us making a 2 hour pit stop at the movie theater. Its funny how you get this deep reluctance to return home because you know the second you walk through that door you’re back on front line duty. While we were standing in line to buy tickets, we narrowed our options down to Kong: Skull Island and Ghost in the Shell. I wanted to see Tom Hiddleston battle a big ape in tight khakis, but we decided on Ghost in the Shell because marriage is bullshit full of compromises.

The movie paired well with the sushi as I’m pretty sure it took place in futuristic Japan. I know the movie is based off of a popular Japanese Manga Series and that the whitewashed cast has made this a fairly controversial film. I thought Scarlet Johansson did a really good job of acting like an emotionless robot, whether that’s a complement or not remains to be seen. I noticed that the head of the robotics company responsible for her creation was a sinister looking white guy, and I feel that if Scarjo and *ahem* any others of her kind were the only white actors in the movie then their incongruity and porcelain veneer would have made a certain sense and helped to establish their “otherness”. The problem was with this guy

shellHired to bring the sex appeal, clearly

This aggressively white Danish guy was Scarjo’s partner and sort of killed my theory by being clearly spoken of as human. Now that I’ve found and posted that photo though, I’m kind of thinking he was a white dude in the original Manga as well so maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about and should stick to whether or not I actually liked the movie regardless of the politics.

Short answer: Sure.

It was slightly boring and it seemed to expect the audience to know at least the basics of the manga storyline going in (which I definitely did not, hell I don’t even know how to pronounce manga), but it was mildly entertaining, very nice to look at visually (especially the frequent cityscape views that showed the future of advertising in an all too real way)

shellPictured: 2019

Watching this I was reminded of the prisoners in Orange is the New Black on movie night. Watching whatever crappy DVDs the guards happened to have lying around and being thoroughly engrossed by them merely because the alternative is…well…nothing. That’s kind of how we were in this movie. Super into it simply because of the fact that we were away from our little sleep regressioner who hasn’t slept more than two hours a night in the past week and is clearly trying to break us. When things got dull or the fight scenes went overlong we just made out like horny teenagers in the back row, and that is my recommendation to you.



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