1.0 was a start... in 2.0, the story is more "remake" in which we have a new character (Mari) and how things ended there (truly epic!) along with exploring scenes that never were included in the original series (ocean field trip is one example) but also kept plenty of classic moments (EVA-Unit 03 wildly unleashed: important part). Overall, the animation is modernized but still pretty good. It's EVANGELION after all!
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.
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.
This is (not) Evangelion. For anyone familiar with the original it feels really strange.. Daring, which is good, but questionable. Clumsily trying to develop its protagonists with really 'out of character' moments (Rei, really?). New Asuka is completely different, lacking depth, but not uninteresting. The fight against Unit 03 with the song and mirroring of scenic motifs from EoE is pure brilliance and tasteful.
2 stelle all'intera trilogia perche', se non hai visto l'anime, a prescindere da un ipotetico capitolo conclusivo (ammesso che mai uscira'), la quasi totalita' degli interrogativi non ha risposta, e nemmeno vaghi indizi cui appigliarsi.
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.