Visually recreating many of the scenes of the original anime in painstakingly close detail does not make a movie great. Worse, if said scenes look the same but are put in a different context, they lose the meaning that was originally intended. As such, Ghost in the Shell (2017) is not much more than The Force Awakens: a very expensive fanfilm.
Linklater has done it again.
I must confess, after Dazed & Confused (which is my own favourite movie of all time), i was more than a little sceptical that this – or any movie – could be a worthy successor, especially after the disappointing Boyhood. But i was pleasently surprised at what i saw unfold in front of my eyes.
No, it’s not the best movie ever made, but it’s a darn good slice-of-life film.