Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo

Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo ★★½

5/10

**Mild spoilers ahead.**

I’ve always been iffy about the purpose of The Rebuild of Evangelion, and how it contrasts with the original series’ themes. While the display of animation is top notch, and the recurring themes of humanity are still in play, the narrative is just completely subpar. The movie doesn’t explore anything interesting in terms of its characters and within the plot itself. While the conflicts and circumstances are excellently established, there are essentially no satisfactory resolutions to any of them. The narrative acts as a series of events, with the characters and story having essentially no room to grow beyond the first half the film. Asuka is still that bashful and cocky thrill seeker, Shinji, the sobbing little baby, drowning in his misery, and Rei, still going through her existential crisis, struggling with her identity and inner self. This movie, unfortunately, almost acts as a segue into Evangelion 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time. The cliffhanger, however, still provides a shining ray of light for this series, and I can only hope for the best.

For those who’s seen it, that one shot of Mari was kinda uncalled for, but I’ll take it.

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