What movie should I watch later? Akira or Zodiac? I have never seen either. How much do you like David Fincher? Zodiac is the maybe the Fincheriest of all of his movies and that really gets on my nerves. It's filmed in digital so it all kind of looks the same (y'know like his other films - Girl with the Dragon Tattoo comes to mind) except for a few sequences that use traditional camera's which is really jarring. It isn't a bad movie, some of the performances are outstanding and he handles the time jumps effectively, but the movie just bugs me. I find the whole thing just doesn't gel, like a central aspect is missing or it isn't as thematically coherent ws it could be. Mind you I haven't seen it in 5 years so maybe I just need to watch it again.
Akira is pretty good. The fight at the end is totally awesome and so is the animation. Probably won't 'wow' you though. So I'll say Akira.
IIRC, it's about an unsolved murder...sooo...kinda defeats half the point of watching a movie about it. It doesn't help that it's a really long film in addition to having no proper [traditional] "catch the killer" solution.
Akira has obiviously withstood the test of time better. I remember liking it when I watched it...though I can't remember why and I doubt I'd wanna pick it up any time soon again...
(i dunno....might have to do with the massive tumorous-like growths that are...like....the film's final boss?)
EDIT: THat reminds me; here's Harry Partridge's American Akira
for your viewing pleasure <3
EDIT2 [PS edition]: Watch Akira high