So I just finished watching the live action "American" Ghost in the Shell movie and to be honest I don't think it is the best movie ever made but I will admit that it is one of the best western live adaptation of an anime that I have seen to date. I had some concerns with Scarlet Johansson playing the Major at first, but I think that she did a pretty decent job. There was some differences that I was not expecting with some of the casting (I did not look at the whole list of actors/actresses prior to watching the film) but it did work.
The story telling of the movie was actually not bad. The movie took a spin on the origin story of the Major, which actually was not bad. I don't think that the movie deserved the level of hate, scorn and disapproval that it has gotten. I mean it was no masterpiece (such as A Few Good Men, or other known masterpieces), but it was still far better than other adaptations that have come out of Hollywood (that shall not be named because they were just THAT BAD!!!).
Though... I was hoping to have the tachikomas in the movie as well (I am referring to Section 9's spider tanks). They are just so lovable.