After the Second Impact, Tokyo-3 is being attacked by giant creatures called Angels that seek to eradicate humankind. The child Shinji's objective is to fight the Angels by piloting one of the mysterious Evangelion mecha units. A remake of the first six episodes of GAINAX's famous 1996 anime series. The film was retitled "Evangelion: 1.01" for its DVD release and "Evangelion: 1.11" for release on Blu-ray (with additional scenes).
September 1, 2007
- The movie is a retelling of the first six episodes of the series Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995).
- Shiro Sagisu is back as main composer
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Visually, we go from 1995 to 2007 is quite a massive jump. Not only that, but we go from a low budget tv series to a high budget movie. That makes it even more impressive. The result is simply beautiful. Since I know virtually nothing about animes, it is difficult for me to compare with other films. But all I can say is that I was clearly impressed with the perfect quality . The lines are sharp, the lights are futuristic, the details very precise. The package is shiny, but the content is clearly not as good as the original, and by far.
The main problem with the film, compared to the series is that things go too fast. Also, the construction worked better in the series. As an example, at the end of episode 1 and beginning of episode 2, Shinji is at the hospital and we have to wait the second half of episode 2 before seeing the actual fight. This makes for a very interesting and original storytelling. In the film, the format is classic and the fight doesn't work so well, even though it is technically top notch.
The same when Shinji is being hit by Toji. In the series, the episode takes the time and we really feel Shinji's loneliness into our bones. Here, suddenly Shinji is down and is looking at a too perfect sky. The poesy of the original material is clearly gone in the movie.
Another example is when Shinji is saying good bye to Misato before leaving. In the original series, we had this beautiful paused shot that lasted very long. Here, all goes too fast and we don't care so much.
Because of this, I didn't have the time to care about the characters.
But there are aspects that are simply beautiful. For instance, when the buildings from Tokyo-3 are coming up, this is just sublime. The movie is very good in providing a much believable sense of realism in its epic way.
The same when we see the beginning of operation Yashima. It's really stunning.
The series was not great in showing people on the streets, and sometimes we could only feel the city from afar. Here, the level of realism is much better.
The big question, throughout the film is, what's the point? I am sorry for the comparison, but what was the point of the Star Wars Special Edition trilogy? It added so much crap to the screen that it was pointless and overall diminished the quality of the film. I don't think that this comparison applies here. I see it as a stylistic exercise in the retelling of the original series in the form of four films - at the time of writing this review in 2018, we are still waiting for the fourth and final instalment of the rebuild saga.
What is also much fun is to compare with the original and see the differences.
I give the movie a small 7. It is surely excellent on its own. But when you know the beauty of the original series (and I'm not talking about the shiny package), you can only feel a bit sad and want to go back and watch the original material instead.
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