EVANGELION 3.0: YOU CAN (NOT) REDO
EVANGELION 3.0 Q (QUICKENING)
(Evangerion Shin Gekijoban: Kyu)
I have a problem with these Evangelion reboot films. What I enjoy about them is the often stunning and beautiful animation and the epic-sized battles between mecha and alien machines. Yet at the same time, the films are often confusing and hard to follow in terms of what is going on or where the characters are coming from. Certainly, by the time of Evangelion 2.0, you had the sense that the series was starting to get everything together.
Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo starts off with familiar expectation. It opens on a sequence as the EVAs go into action in a gigantic struggle against alien machines in order to retrieve an object from orbit. This seems typical of the Evangelion films epic-scaled action, strange alien objects and not a clue about what is happening. Not long after, we are reintroduced to the hero of the series who is now a prisoner aboard the ship Wunder and regarded as highly dangerous. The Wunder is another of the bizarre vehicular creations that fill the series sort of like a regular ocean-going navy vessel that transforms into a bird-shaped war machine with strange jutting gun emplacements and a metal corkscrew shaped tail nearly twice the length it is.
After that point however, Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo turns into a strange disappointment. Where all the other films were about epic-sized battles and confrontation with vast alien forces, this isnt. Almost the entirety of the story is about reacting to the events that transpired in the last film ie. Shinji going through the anguish of the realisation that he brought about the Third Impact. By contrast to the other films, there is almost nothing in the way of the giant-sized action scenes the bulk of the film features Shinji in the empty ruins of NERV headquarters trying to deal with emotions and guilt. This proves a considerable letdown, even in terms of the not always clear expectations that one has of the Evangelion films. Certainly, there is considerable beauty to some of these images a giant arena of ruined buildings, Shinji and Kaworu sitting amid the emptiness playing a duet on a grand piano yet the film contains very little of the action we expect of it, just a couple of giant machine battles that are fairly low-key and unexceptional in comparison to the rest of the series. You can call Evangelion 3.0 a beautifully made disappointment.
Subsequent to this, director Hideaki Anno branched out into live-action with Shin Godzilla/Godzilla: Resurgence (2016).