VOTD: How NOT To Adapt “Ghost in the Shell”

Opening to disappointing reviews and box-office, the Scarlett Johansson-led remake of the iconic 1990s anime “Ghost in the Shell” is now seen as a solid example of how NOT to remake a movie.

It’s certainly a far less egregious remake than some others out there in recent times (looking at you “Point Break”), rather it was more a case both a lack of understanding of the nuance of the original, plus that the original has been copied and twisted so many times it’s near impossible to do anything more with the material.

This week Nerdwriter1 posted a video essay about the film and its problems which goes into everything from establishing shots to tone to approach which swaps the vivid and alive material of the original with a drab, desaturated and dull aesthetic so common to modern blockbusters.