Ghost in the Shell is, at its heart, a film with an identity crisis, torn between appealing to the original, superior source material and wanting to be its own thing. The result is some good, like the Major-Batou relationship, beautiful visuals, and cool designs, but a great deal of bad, too. From a hackneyed script with a weak villain, to the dull characters, and while always pretty some scenes feel like a cloying copy-paste of the original as opposed to an homage, which all culminates to a work that isn’t awful per se, but one that doesn’t live up to the name attached to it.