Scarlett Johansson

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Director:

Rupert Sanders

Starring:

Scarlett Johansson

Pilou Asbaek

Takeshi Kitano

Plot:

In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals.

Review:

I’m unfamiliar with the source material for this movie, but just watching the trailers made it seem interesting. It’s Sci-fi starring a female lead, so definitely something I’m interested in. Sadly, I was really disappointed.

I had no emotional attachment to the characters so when anything happened to them I didn’t care, I could barely focus through the movie and I had nothing distracting me so I have nothing but the movie to blame it on.

I’ve never been a huge Scarlett Johansson fan, I think the gross obsession some people have with her on the internet has affected my view of her, and I thought that she came off as incredibly detached and even more robotic than she should have been. I get it, she’s got the body of a machine and the brain of a human, but she seemed more machine than human and I didn’t really see any kind of journey toward her humanity. I also couldn’t understand why her team loved her so much, I saw no reason for the emotional attachment considering how aloof she was toward everyone.

Enough of the source material shown through that I would be interested in picking it up, but I was not a fan of this movie.

2/5

Lucy (2014)

Lucy

Lucy (2014)

Director:

Luc Besson

Starring:

Scarlett Johansson

Morgan Freeman

Min-Sik Choi

Plot:

A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Review:

I know that the science in this movie is not real, I’m willing to give that a pass, though, I’m not willing to give other things.

It’s like someone said what do boys on the internet like? Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman and sci-fi shit. Ok, let’s make a movie. The entire thing was about what happens next, and Lucy’s decisions didn’t make sense, based on her past. Well, either that, or when you access more of your brain you don’t give a shit about anything but yourself and making sure you don’t die and are able to pass on your knowledge.

That is kind of the premise of the movie, I guess, which if that’s what he was trying to say than bravo to him, he got that across. What a sucky premise.

The story aside, I didn’t like all the shots of animals mixed in with the rest of the movie. It wasn’t necessary and just seemed to pad the running time. Also, when she accesses 100% of her brain and sees the universe, I wasn’t impressed with the imagery. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen Jupiter Ascending recently and it was visually stunning, but this came off as something from a science documentary. Again, that could have been what he was going for, but since evidently, there are streams of data coming from everything that fill the world, I thought he’d try to be more impressive.

Clearly I did not like the movie. The first preview I saw made me think that she was going to be some kind of action hero, and I would love to see a kick-ass female action hero. This is not what I got at all.

1/5