I'm astonished that Logan rubs 92% on Rotten tomatoes. Some reviews are very critical but tend to be "comic book crap!" Or "not comic book enough!" So if you demand accuracy to a 1985 comic or think mutant heroes are stupid you might not like it.
If you understand the X-Men have always been about prejudice and human rights not dumbed down but shifted in context to slide it by uptight jerks...
The battle isn't always against planet eating monsters. The monsters are sometimes real & personal.
I saw Ghost in the Shell last night with my niece, the college comics fan who never to my amazement saw the anime. She's a hard core anime fan who loves the androgynous love story genre ( which bores me ) and I can't believe she missed "Ghost". I suppose it's too old..
My reaction to the movie? Wow.
My niece was glad she hadn't seen the earlier anime since she was able to enjoy the story unfolding in front of her. Scarlett Johansson did her usual great job. The supporting cast was great. Special effects outstanding, although at times the sheer volume of holographic monumental scale street ads were overwhelming. ..... just like modern Tokyo.
Not a kiddie movie. Don't take anyone younger than a teen.
The "white wash" complaints are bogus. Can't properly rebut without spoilers.
"Ghost" is a long existing franchise. Beginning with the manga, ( comic book / graphic novel ) there are multiple movies, tv animated series, and videogames. ... plus comics of those series.
The Original manga was dense with exposition, heavy on philosophy and psychology, the implications of cybernetic enhancement and memory manipulation.
The 1995 anime movie was my introduction to Ghost.
Every version draws on the manga. Characters, story lines, all chosen with a different spin & tone. None have anything to do with each other. ( like "The Ten Commandments" & "Ben Hur" are not sequel at all )
It's inevitable that people have favorites and compare the different works, but it is Not a coherent series like Star Trek.
So...... play it as it lays. Enjoy each as a separate entity.
I love how Marvel thinks people are tired of "diversity".
NO I AM TIRED OF WATCHING UNCLE BEN DIE 373929463 TIMES.
Yeah, that might be why I never bothered to watch the last Spiderman movie.
I understand the desire to reboot a franchise with new actors. All you have to do is look at the Hulk movie with Eric Bana to understand that. BUT. The reboot, next Hulk movie, while not an academy award nominee for best writing, pretty much showed a few seconds of montage ( that looked like it was lifted right out of Bill Bixby's tv series intro ) and then went right on with the story, which in ALL Hulk stories, is about an outcast on the run. And done pretty darn good, too.
No need to give us an hour of exposition, technobabble, or psych scenes of bad tempered Bruce Banner. Everyone on the planet knows who the Hulk is, and the story of the film can stand on it's own.
Is there anyone on the planet that will actually GO to a comic book movie who does not know Batman, or Superman, or Spiderman's origin? Seriously?
It's darned irritating to watch Uncle Ben die, again, and the same is true for the Wayne family, and for the love of Stan Lee, get a writer who actually read some of the fracking comic books for a change!!!!!!
I can understand the Origin story kicking off the X-men Trilogy(s), and Ok, both trilogies, since while the X-men are a MAJOR player in Marvel sales, it's possible that new kids have never seen the animated series, or read, anything, ever, in a world of Common core education. But they didn't do the freaking origin story 6 times in 6 movies.
( I admit they did hint at Wolverine's origin, a couple of times, but that was supposed to dovetail with that trilogy, and it wasn't hammered into every movie )
Face it, the comic fans have learned to accept reboots, but every time it happens, you lose some older readers who just don't want to invest their emotions in a new batch of the same folk.
Good drama, no matter the medium, is very simple. ( And quite hard ) Create a character(s) that the audience falls in love with. Put them through Hell. ( and "love" here is not sexual. Many manly men enjoyed Thomas Magnum, P.I.) What is important is you want the character to succeed. ( or the villain to fail, spectacularly )
And ham fisted Political Correctness just makes for garbage stories anyway. I'm fine with a female Iron Man, I was a She Hulk Fan, and there are many great characters "of color" and ethnicity. But when it becomes, "Look, we are virtue signalling how awesome and enlightened we are by making Superman a gay Kryptonian paraplegic, dedicated to eradicating capitalism" we won't buy your crap.