Manages to look both incredibly expensive and incredibly cheap at the same time thanks to tons and tons of poorly integrated cg. I like the new Rei. She's kind now, like you'd expect God to be. The new crystal angel is neat too. Pacing is about what you'd expect. It's a surreal experience watching this.
What it lacks in background details to make the story flow smoothly, 1.0 makes it up tenfold in solely focusing on Shinji Ikari and in developing his character. It does such a great job at emphasizing Shinji's isolation and state of mind, as well as how emotionally reliant he is on others. For all its faults, 1.0 is still an interesting and well put together set up for what's to come in the Evangelion Rebuild series.
Nice animated film. Being a huge fan of the series I have to say I had my doubts when I heard these 4 films would deviate from the original plot, but having seen this one, I have to admit I'm sold. However, as accessible as they have tried to make it, I still believe only those who have watched the original series will fully enjoy this spectacular re-imagining of a classic.