PeacefulDawn’s review published on Letterboxd:
What a mesmerising film! The entire plot is now 100% new territory and that is just so much fun to experience. This is probably the fastest paced film of the Rebuild Evangelion movies as it simply whizzed by, though it did leave me wanting way more from it. There is a lot of exposition amidst a lot of waiting around, so when the climax rolls around it does feel a tad rushed. But all of the ideas being explored are so fascinating and the catastrophic ending so incredible that I simply don't care if there are faults in the writing, as I enjoyed watching this immensely.
And oh my, I love Kaworu so much. I'm really happy he's become a proper character now instead of having just a single episode like in the original, since it's his dynamic with Shinji that makes him so enticing. Plus that piano duet is hands down the most beautiful scene in an already emotion heavy film - although his final scene probably contests that spot, as it was so unexpectedly shocking.
Which reminds me of how stunning the animation has continued to get, because despite some funky little moments of weird editing, the visuals as a whole just feel grander and more epic before becoming tender and more fluid. There's a really nice balancing act happening here between the action and rage with the drama and melancholy, and I must say Anno strikes the sweet spot almost perfectly (though sadly not as well as the previous film). I can see this one being dissapointing for some as it only feels like the first half of a larger film, but I think it's absolutely brilliant for what it is.
I give this film a B4+