Went to see Ghost in the Shell 2 last night with Chris, Aki and another guy I knew from my last job, and a couple people I didn’t know. The fellow I didn’t know didn’t notice me as we walked in together, so when I sat down next to him in the darkness of the theater, leaned over with my hand extended, and said, “Hi, I’m Jon,” he thought I was some kind of freak. (And maybe he’s right.)
The movie was — wow. It got a little hard to follow (in part because I’ve never seen the first movie) but I’m OK with that. The imagery was amazing — lush and dark. The music felt like traditional Japanese stuff but with a creepy touch. And I dig the philosophical questions. The movie felt like Blade Runner (“what is human?”) combined with The Matrix (“what is reality?”). As I said afterwards, this out-matrixed Matrix 2 and 3.
More than one person did not dig the philosophy and said that it felt out of place. But I said, “This is better than a stuffy classroom — here you get to blow sh*t up!”
The movie tracks a couple of police investigators working on some murders. I told Kay she wouldn’t like it because the “whodunnit” resolution would feel like a total letdown to her. I found the resolution disappointing, but not out of place with the rest of the movie as it raises philosophical questions.
This one’s a must-see if you like dark anime.