Ghost in the Shell 2 - Innocence (2004)
Critic Consensus: The animation is lovely, but the plot is complex to the point of inscrutability, leaving Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence both original and numbing.
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Critic Reviews for Ghost in the Shell 2 - Innocence
Mamoru Oshii's 2004 follow-up to his 1995 anime noir is that rare sequel that surpasses the original.
The elegance, attention to detail, the invention and expertise all ensure that the movie's never less than visually breathtaking.
Occasional passages of shell-cracking egghead overload aside, there's no getting past Innocence's astounding visual power.
The effect of so much pretension and so many lovely images eventually becomes soporific.
Praiseworthy for its concepts and aesthetics, yet it is too theory-heavy and action-shy, clumped with philosophical tangents and scholarly reference points.
Audience Reviews for Ghost in the Shell 2 - Innocence
I used to think the first film was incredibly complex and therefore, very inaccessible. However, the 2nd film is even more convoluted and theory heavy than the first to the point where you can't help but feel it doesn't steer you in a direction that ultimately serves the story's overlying plot. And not the look like a brainless twat, but it really needed more action to balance out with the dialogue heavy philosophical referencing. Nevertheless, a worthy sequel to the original GITS; just lacks the balance in execution that the first maintained.
The third viewing of this one was a little disappointing, but maybe that's because it seems as if they wanted to say more than they could fit into the movie. It doesn't have the philosophical and contemplative quality the first part has. And although it mixes 2D and 3D in a satisfying manner, it's also not as visually satisfying as the first one.
An incredible piece of art, from start to finish! The animation and CG renderings are some of the most stunning scenes this viewer has ever seen. The level of detail and the intricacy draw the viewer into the story, which is pretty good, in and of itself. There is some mysticism, and the constant moving from "real" to fantasy could be at times confusing, but patience is rewarded with most of the elements coalescing back into a cohesive whole upon further exposition. The subtitles could be somewhat distracting as they seemed designed for close captioning, describing clearly audible sounds and using brackets to identify the speaker. The magnificent soundscape formed an integral part of the overall experience and matched the visuals in intensity and in establishing the mood of each scene as it unfolded. The entire experience was quite exhilarating. This one bears multiple viewings and, for that, it gets 5* from this reviewer, who has not been a big fan of anime or manga heretofore.
Ghost in the Shell 2 - Innocence Quotes
|Batou:||When dialog fails, it's time for violence|
|Batou:||When dialog fails, it's time for violence.|
|Togusa:||His legions, angel forms, who lay entranced. Thick as autumnal leaves that strow the brooks.|
|Batou:||Now you're quoting Milton, but we are not Satan.|
|Togusa:||How great is the sum of thy thoughts? If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand.|
|Batou:||Psalms 139, Old Testament. The way you spout these spontaneous exotic references, I'd say your own external memory's pretty twisted.|
|Major Motoko Kusanagi:||We weep for a bird's cry, but not for a fish's blood. Blessed are those with a voice. If the dolls also had voices, they would have screamed, "I didn't want to become human."|
|Major Motoko Kusanagi:||We weep for a bird's cry, but not for a fish's blood. Blessed are those with a voice. If the dolls also had voices, they would have screamed, 'I didn't want to become human.'|