My prior knowledge of Ghost in the Shell consists of the following: There was a game on the Playstation 1 in which you drove a red ladybird tank and that the original story is supposed to be kind of a big deal. That’s pretty much it. I ended up deciding not to colour my opinions the movie by searching out any of the source material beforehand. In part because a lot has been said in the build up to this movie and little of it positive. I realised that much of this was to do with the choice in casting and differences in tone. In the end, I thought I’d be better off just going to see the movie and judge it by its own merits, not involve myself in any of the debate that seems to dog the film.
I saw Captain America: Civil War last week and had a good amount of time to digest the movie before it came out in the US. Thus flooding the internet with so many different opinions and reviews about it. Just getting it aside, I thought it was great, one of the best movies to come out of the series and a much better Avengers 2 than Ultron was.
There are, however, people who aren’t so hot on the movie. I’m not going to say anyone who didn’t enjoy the movie is wrong, because opinions and yadda yadda. However, one of the things I have seen mentioned I take exception with is people calling Zemo “just another bad Marvel movie villain.” Zemo isn’t in the movie a whole lot, no. But I think lumping him in the same camp as some other underwhelming Marvel villains is selling him short thrift, and I’m going to go into why.
So, I’m going to spoil the end of Civil War from this point on, so only read on if you have seen the movie already. Continue reading “My thoughts on Civil War’s Zemo”