Evangelion 3.0 You can (not) Redo Review by Jgames
So far I have reviewed the first two Evangelion movie. I thought the first was forgettable but okay, and the second one was great. After the second movie ending, I was wondering and speculating on what direction will this movie go. Will it be able to keep the momentum from the second film or fall from grace?
Evangelion 3.0 takes place after the second movie, with Shinji having to face the repercussions of his action. Having to face all the new changes that happen, Shinji starts befriending a mysterious male Eva pilot, as he tries to help Nerv achieve their plan. The first movie stayed very close to the original, while the second one was a mixture of the original and something new. This movie was something entirely different from the anime with the only aspect of the original plot being present. This was something entirely new, which is not a criticism, nor an appraisal. Just like anything else, it is about the execution. I mean both seasons of One Punch man follow the redrawn manga, but only one of them is very beloved. Lots of comic book movies are only loosely based on the comic book instead of being one on one adaptation, and some of them are great, and some of them are bad. I had no problem with them going somewhat in a different direction. The movie was a solid watch, it was entertaining, but definitely had things that did prevent me from enjoying it as much as I did the second film. I am not going to go too far into the plot just in case you just like me and have not watched the movie yet. As I said, the movie is a lot different from the original anime, and I had no idea where the movie was going. That is not a bad thing, but what was bad is that the first twenty or something minutes were just confusing. It starts out with a space battle that I honestly had no idea what was going on. It did not help that they had lots of techno babble that serves to leave audience disinterest on what is going on. It just felt disorienting, granted that might have been on purpose to reflect how Shinji feels, with him being completely out of it and just as confused as the audience. That being said, I felt like the beginning could have been polished and shorten to make it move faster, instead of being somewhat a slug at first.
Once we are with Shinji again, the movie does pick up, as he must feel the guilt and lost after what happened in the second movie. While some people might find Shinji feeling depressed again as repetitive and annoying, it was done decently. You can feel all his emotion fighting each other and having a legit reason for them. Especially love his relationship with the new Eva pilot, with this character being one fan are familiar with. That being said, it is annoying that some of the decision Shinji makes is very illogical when everything around him is giving him a reason not to do it, yet he doesn’t really hesitate. That is one thing that bugged me as it seems a bit out of character that he wasn’t confused about what to do and went straight on with that decision. That being said, I did love following Shinji as he learns more things and tries to process them. While it's not at the same level as the original series with its visually stunning psychological trauma, it was engaging to see Shinji emotional struggle. Plus love the world-building in this movie as it adds more on what is at stake. The movie did a great job of making me look forward to the fourth movie.
When it comes to the other side characters, they were alright, but I cannot help but go back to the original series when comparing what the movie got wrong. Misato position as a commander has risen as she has more responsibility and basically become more of a badass, but also colder and more distant. While there is some emotional struggle she has, especially when it comes to Shinji, I did not like the fact that she doesn’t explain much to him. The decision Shinji made might have been avoided if Misato was completely open on what happened. I can understand why she might not want to, but I always hate plots that might have not to happen if the character were just explained on what is going on. I think they could have handled her character better in my opinion. Asuka is a character I love from the original anime, and while she is a badass in this movie, she not as appealing as her original anime version. I love her in the original because they delve into the character and explored all her insecurities. While they did a decent job on the second movie exploring her character, they did not in this movie. Which is a shame as again, she was my favorite character. I mean, to be honest, I think I like Mari character more when it comes to the movie version. Mari is another pilot that did not get much character development, but she is a fun likable character who likes fighting. Much better than a redheaded girl who is always being a little angry and mean. When it comes to Rei character, I do love how they explored more of her backstory and used well when it comes to the plot and adding to Shinji guilt and frustration. They also added seeds that do make me interested in what more things they will do with her character. When it comes to the new pilot that Shinji befriend, Kaworu, he was decent. I think they probably could have done more things with him and Shinji, but I do like that he was the emotional anchor to Shinji. It is nowhere near homoerotic as the original anime or manga and does lose some of its emotional impact the original series had (despite being executed poorly in the original). I cannot help feels maybe the movie could have been a bit longer to make their relationship have more of that emotional impact, but again it was nice to see them bond.
The animation is the star of the movie once again. Just like the second movie, the action is awesome, with the use of CGI and 2d animation to make some stunning mecha fights. Granted I was not that fond of the fights in the beginning, but the climax was bloody, vicious and stunning to look at. Especially love the environment that does add to the fight scene in making it more apocalyptic, because who do not love heavy metal album covers, but with giant mecha. While not as creative, or as emotional as the second movie, the fight scenes were adrenaline rushing. While as great as the fight scenes were, I do have to point out how great some the scenes play out and how it does a great job of having the audience grasp the severity of the situation the world is in. It also has some creepy imagery that you expect from the series, but unfortunately no psychological breakdown.
The movie is a fun mecha apocalyptic action movie. It does a decent job of showing how Shinji is dealing with the consequence of his action as he spiraled to depression. It is nowhere near as good as the second movie and has lots of flaws that makes me appreciate the original anime more. I am especially disappointed with some of the side characters and how uninterested I was in the first twenty minutes or so. That being said, it was overall an enjoyable movie that does make me excited to see the fourth movie (which hopefully does come out next year). I give this movie a B-.
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