I'm really not a fan of the films. They look fantastic but I'm not too sure what they add that the series doesn't and if anything they detract. Sure there's a few less filler episodes but things feel way too rushed, whereas one of the stellar aspects of the series was the moments in between all the chaos where things were brought to a lull and the humanism of each character was able to become better realised.
What I liked best about this was the new characterization of Asuka, along with the new characterization of Rei from the previous movie.The fights are, of course, crazy, and eye gouging, but without the abusive darkness of the series, it all feels very generic. And I want to take off another whole star for the Mari character who parachutes in from what seems like a totally different show, or universe.
The first half is excruciatingly shonen in tone. Yes, Anno probably did that deliberately and is reflection of the original's middle act, but it's still a bit much. But, once this movie hits roughly the 50-minute mark, Anno puts his characters and the audience's comprehension back into the wringer in that gloriously vicious way that only he does and it saves the movie. The irony of the final minutes just seals it.
while the rebuilds are very dull, shallow and too fast paced which makes character development barely existing in comparison with NGE. NGE stands out because of the amazing character development and great depth. but this doesn't surprise me at all. I mean, they are made in order to attract a new and wider audience. IMHO, a story like NGE is best told carefully one piece at a time, it should not be rushed!
If the rest of the rebuilds are going in this ultra-fan-service direction, it will be unfortunate. So many things don't add up already, and a lot of the changes to the original Evangelion plot are uninspired and many of them were more or less inside jokes or changes made just for the sake of fucking with it's fanbase.