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I'll try not to make synopsis for those movies, but otherwise well what my personal feelings about were as I watched them. I'm always updating this as I watch more movies.
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A simple yet amazing piece of cinema
"Once" is a story about a guy who works with his father in a vacuum cleaner repair shop, and when he's not working, he plays his guitar in the streets for money, until he meets a girl who's also a musician, and they start to play together and record songs. It's not about big time musicians or famous and rich people, it's a film about you, and about me. It could happen to anyone. I love how the main characters are not depicted by any name at all; it just strengthens this concept even more. The "guy" isn't anyone, and he might as well be anyone. If I had to sum up the whole movie in one word I'd say "simplicity". At least for me, simplicity and innocence are two main keywords to describe this film. From characters, camera work (most of the time the camera is hand-held and has a documentary feeling) and concept, it spells simplicity all over the place; all the characters are so straightforward and casual its weird for us audiences. Maybe because the "guy' and the "girl" actors are not real professionals, but actual musicians. I might be wrong, or imagining things but one of the most remarkable scenes in the movie for me is in the very beginning, when the two main characters meet, and she finds out that Guy repair vacuum cleaners, and by coincidence, she had a broken on at home. She talks him into giving a look at it, and brings him to him next day. He says he can't repair it right there because he didn't have the right tools, and then they went to the repair shop, but first they go to a music store where they play together for the first time. This whole sequence is just amazing. As I already said, this movie is so simple, it comes of as being so trivial you can imagine yourself there, walking around the street carrying a cheap vacuum cleaner around. I don't know exactly why but seeing the "girl" carrying that thing around really got up to me. Well, I could do silly commentary about this movie for a whole day but I think it's better for you people to watch for yourselves and see what I mean. It's a great European romance, totally deprived of Hollywood clichés. If you want a low budget independent movie that'll make you think, look no further, and grab this one.
A revisited masterpiece
First, I'm not a good English speaker at all so please do not mind my English mistakes.
So, let's talk about the movie.
Different from 1.0 You are (not) alone, this one is very different from the original series. The changes go from the plot to the personality of the characters.
Putting it in a nutshell, the original series had a more "obscure" concept, with melancholic dialog, music and the characters themselves. I feel 2.0 You can (not) advance has a bit more cheerful and "childish" atmosphere that I'm not sure if I can describe by words. First, the modified nature of the characters; they open up way more than in the original series. Even Rei and Asuka(which has a different surname now, wut?) have heartwarming dialogues about themselves with Gendo and Misato. Gendo himself is a bit more sincere with himself. There's a scene where he even accepts having a dinner with Shinji, after being convinced by (wow) Rei. Despite the characters, the insert songs are very different now - in the original series we had serious and melancholic classical songs(most from baroque period, for example Bach, Handel and Pachelbel), which gave the series a real serious tone. However, the two insert songs in 2.0, Tsubasa Kudasai and Kyou no hi wa sayonara have an childish atmosphere and even sound like a group of kids is singing it, which adds to the new "innocent" concept involving the characters, contrasting with the powerful and even grotesque scenes. The first time I watched the new scenes where those songs play, I felt a bit uncomfortable for a moment, but soon I realized that it matched pretty well with the whole concept.
As far as animation goes I don't have much to talk about. The animation is a masterpiece and it is the best I've seen so far, the EVA's look damn badass and the angels look like a damn demon. The dubbing, as expected, is as good as it was in the original series. The whole cast is the same, and the seiyu for the new character Mari Illustrious Makinami is very good. Talking about Mari, it isn't clear yet why she is there. She has little screen time, but every time she appears on screen she's a show stealer. But yet, we don't know much about her, and I'm sure it will be dealt with in the next movie.
Now for the plot, as I said, it's very different from the original series. There's more of a political aspect and the movie tries to work with international affairs, and it works very well, since this movie tries to show up the post apocalyptic world in a better way than the previous series; there are not lively scenes of Tokyo-3, showing how people are living there now. There's even a sequence where Kaji takes the children to a place where they simulate how the ocean was before the second impact, and the forms of live that lived on it. It's a neat way to connect the two realities and the consequences and prices of mankind's wisdom. Back to the plot, there's now a Eva-05, that is destroyed by an angel in United States, apparently, in the opening scene. Also, Seele is developing the "ultimate" Evangelion unit, Mark-06 (wtf is this name) in a base located on the moon. (also a neat way to give the movie a more modern touch). Apparently, Kaworu will be the pilot for this one, which blows my mind. The movie ends with probably the most melodramatic and romantic scene that was ever been signed under the name of Evangelion; Shinji tries to save Rei from a angel that absorbed her and Eva-00. This is one scene where you have to let reality run outside of your window and relax preferably with a good beer in your hand and is the climax of the movie, resulting on a very powerful and touching scene.
But anyway I could talk about this movie all day, but you should watch it to make up your own opinions. I really recommend it, it's a great masterpiece that will be talked about for a long time!