Wow, I’m seeing some harsh opinions about the upcoming Ghost in the Shell live action movie and it’s not even complete yet. There are complaints of “white washing” and that a Japanese actor (famous or a complete unknown) should play the role of the Major instead of Scarlett Johansson. Err… whaaaat?!
I understand people can be passionate about what they like, I get that, but I respectfully disagree with their opinion. Johansson is a big plus for this movie because, like me, most people will see this movie because of her. If a completely unknown Japanese actor (not Asian because if you cast a Chinese actor, then that’s not really different to casting a white actor) only the fans of the original will see it – which could possibly destroy their career if it flops. I’ve seen the name, Rinko Kikuchi been thrown around quite often, but the fact is, she’s terrible. I couldn’t really understand her in Pacific Rim and maybe she’s better speaking in Japanese, I don’t know. Can you honestly imagine watching another film starring her and pulling in people to the cinema? I certainly can’t after her performance in Pacific Rim. Both these options mean that the movie may not recoup the money spent to produce it. This is a valid concern for investors. If they don’t think they can make a profit, the budget of the movie will be limiting too – which could affect the movie’s quality. So securing a big name like Johansson gives faith to investors and hopefully thereby giving this property the best chance of becoming a good movie.
We’re talking creative mediums here so why should race matter? Of course if it doesn’t fit the story then we have a problem, but most of the time, I feel as though race shouldn’t matter. Idris Elba as James Bond? Sure! Why not? He doesn’t have to be white. Nick Fury is a black guy? All the comics and cartoons I read he was a white male but Samuel L Jackson does a good Nic Fury. It doesn’t matter, what matters is that they can all do their job – acting.
People are claiming they want a 1:1 movie of the original source material, but they should keep in mind that being the same as the source material doesn’t mean it will be good – *cough*Watchmen*cough*. Deviate too much and it’ll be crap (Dragonball). There needs to be compromises for a movie to work, just look at Edge of Tomorrow and the Kenshin live action movies. Both had to make sacrifices to produce a good movie that works.
I personally think Scarlett Johansson is the best thing that could happen for this movie. Give Ghost in the Shell a chance and judge the movie when it’s finally out.