. . . is a hell of a movie (if you get my drift). Actually, it is a very good sci-fi cooker, and adoring stocky little Scarlett Johansson the way I do, I could hardy not like the film. I didn't see the movie and anime that came before so I have no prior reference to judge it against, as apparently many people are doing. I find I like comic book-based films way more than most critics or graphic novel devotees because I have no expectations, high, low or otherwise going in. In many cases, I've never even heard of the famous source material when I first see the movie.
Ghost In the Shell leans heavily on Blade Runner, if you ask me, style-wise and story-wise. The visuals are stunning and the cinemacraft good in its own right. I was happy to see Michael Pitt, having pretty much forgotten about him. He doesn't however look very much more Japanese than Scarlett does, so that didn't really do much to assuage the accusations of white-washing. I thought it was a worthwhile sci-fi watch, despite the abysmal reviews, but like I said, I have no rusty axes to grind.