Finally had the chance to watch Evangelion 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time.
Wait, why wouldn't I have already seen it months ago? Just not great timing for me for it to finally get released after all of its delays. A combination of life ending up really busy and chaotic the past several months, and just not mentally having the same urgency for a release like this given the way the world has been lately. It helps that I was not…
The 2000's really were a golden age decade of hyper-digital, vulgar-auteur genre blockbuster visionaries radically experimenting with cinematic form and structure that we just let (at least a good part of it) go under-appreciated and over-mocked for Cinema Sins-style critique of being "awkward" and "clumsy" and "jarring" so that the customer-is-always-right consumerist reactionaries of the proto-Nerd Crew crowd could reject this path and set us on the dark timeline of flattened Disney mélange, increasingly self-cannibalizing nostalgia-mining, and joyless gritty faux realism, huh?
I became interested in this movie as soon as I learned that Hideaki Anno was behind it, and it turns out it was for good reason. A lot of the editing, direction, pacing, cinematography/shot composition, fleshed-out characters, fantastic visual direction and action, etc. that made Evangelion so great are on full display here. Hideaki Anno was the perfect choice to direct this movie, and he does a phenomenal job. It's got a very similar style to Evangelion, even in the…
It was a lot to take in, but I think I really liked it. Great atmosphere, really nails the feel of the period and has a very physical feel to it. Funnier than I expected, and more sexual than I expected. There's a lot going on, but the core dynamic between the two amazing performances is really solid. Not so much really scary but an interesting delve into sea-themed, isolated madness. I highly recommend it if you're prepared for the weird sexual stuff.