2-3. Ties Shinji's actions more clearly to a specific existential flaw, and manages to be evocative without beating most of its metaphors into the ground (though there is still the occasional bit of self-consciousness about worrying whether the audience will get it or not). That being said, the movie actively rips us away from an engine for active conflict between characters in favor of more existential angst.
The latest Evangelion re-boot is more like the first part of the finale; I don't know where it's going, but I'm interested to know. The new direction the series is taking is a bit jarring when put up against the second one, but I enjoyed the development between Shinji and Kaworu - the rest of the cast being pushed aside to the background. The animation is still beautiful and this time around, a little more grotesque.
I honestly have no idea if this is a good or bad movie. It's definitely a messy one, but it's an interesting mess. Anno is once again doing what he does: intimate character drama, warping kitschy sci-fi iconography to the point of delirious comic-book nightmare, and setting up fan expectations only to knock them down just to make a point. But does it work this time around? I'm a bit ambivalent on that.
Clamoroso passo falso dopo un avvicente Advance, Anno torna pesantemente sulla psicologia logorroica di Shinji mettendo all'angolo il cast e complicando inutilmente il setting. Comparto tecnico e scene d'azione da gran impatto. Ma recuperare quanto lasciato dall’incompiuto Q sotto quasi ogni punto di vista, sbrogliare la matassa e riscrivere l’ending, adesso si dimostra una operazione difficile e dall’esito incerto.
Evangelion 3.0 è quello che più si avvicina alla serie classica: nella prima metà sembra procedere tranquillo, nella seconda succedono talmente tante cose che cominci a pensare "accada quel che accada". Sotto il lato tecnico anche questo terzo capitolo è ottimo, le scene d'azione e la colonna sonora rendono alla perfezione il clima surreale dell'opera. Consigliato a tutti i fan.
I'll defend Eva to the end but goddamn if this isn't a hot mess. Characters straight-up saying "I'm releasing my pent-up anger!" and "You have to keep going until you get it right" (Anno's motto, I guess). There's some typically grotesque imagery toward the end but at this point it's all bullshit. End of Eva built on the series to deliver a legitimately massive finale: this rehashes that to deliver nonsense.
If you haven't seen any other Neon Genesis this film will not make any sense to you at all. If you have, sit back for a wild ride of theology, philosophy and action. Incredible sound design and impeccable animation come together for an intense visual spectacle. Yes it is a little light on story arc but I found it rewarding and refreshing not to have everything spelled out and presented on a platter. 4 stars