Evangelion 1.0 movie review Rating:
In the year 2000 was the Second Impact
. In the wake of this devastation half the world's population was wiped out. Fifteen years later, a young boy named Shinji Ikari
is called upon to New Tokyo-3
by his father, the very man who abandoned him three years ago. Without even knowing the purpose, he has arrived, and placed upon this child's shoulders is not just the duty of piloting the Evangelion Unit 01
. With it is the task to prevent the Third Impact and the fate of all humanity. Surrounding him is a mysterious girl named Rei
and his self-appointed guardian, Misato Katsuragi
. How can he flight for a world that has done little else but give him pain?
I am almost always against random remakes of movies and other such things for Blu-ray or other platforms. They are normally just slightly tweaked versions of the original and nothing much is ever really changed. Much in the same way they are constantly re-releasing Star Wars
on new formats and the most they do is add one or two small things to warrant another new purchase. This is completely different. These rebuilds come right from the series' original creator, Hideaki Anno
; and every bit of animation was done from the ground up. This is no polish job.
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
Firstly, this movie is a visual masterpiece. You will be hard pressed to find a frame in this movie not filled with amazing detail. Despite being animated you can nearly feel the depth. On Blu-ray only made this even more appealing. There is also the dub work done by FUNimation
. They brought back almost the entire original cast for this movie, and everyone is still at the top of their game. The most dramatic change would be the replacement of Amanda Winn Lee
as the voice of Rei. She is now voiced by Brina Palencia
. For me, Allison Keith
steals the show as Misato. She has a long experience with the character and knows what notes to hit.
Normally, I listen to original Japanese work with subtitles on animes almost exclusively and watch the dubs once to see what it's like. That was completely turned on it's head here. The English work is top notch dramatic reading. I've watched this movie five times since I got it in my hands. Only once was I watching the Japanese voice work. Not that it's in any way, shape, or form bad. FUNimation
just did exceptional work. I only wish more series were dubbed this well.
For all the people that like to say Shinji whines too much, but how many others could go through the same thing and not complain at all. Everything that happens to that Eva he literally feels. So much to the point that he's nearly killed in this movie, but everyone expects him to keep getting in. That fact is what saves him from being annoying. He does keep getting in and tries.
One of the more touching scenes has to be the moment Misato clutches Shinij's hand when she tries to give him an idea of what there is to fight for, and we see him squeeze her hand back. I love little touches such as that. Still, my absolute favorite was Shinji getting up to take the second shot at the angel at the finale. It's hard not to see the parallels of the sniper scene and the X-Fighter assault on the Death Star in Star Wars
. I may get a lot of haters for saying this, but I like this Evangelion
scene more. Watching him get up to pick that giant rifle while Misato cheers him on was really exciting and moving. As she's talking to Gendo Ikari
in that scene. It almost feels as if she's talking to the audience, as well. Telling us to have more faith in him.
The Angel redesigns were all improvements. The best one has to be the angel Ramiel
. The original version had him in a constant geometric form, but this movie it changes shapes with each new tasks it takes. This gives much more of a feel of the power behind the attacks. Watching it change shapes and the sound effects gives it all weight. It's wild to watch as you see the beam literally melt half a mountain.
After the credits there is a preview for the next movie. Much in the same way with the original anime, and overly chipper sounding Misato talks briefly about the coming events of the next movie and promises a little fanservice.
For a TV-14 rating, there is some nudity of fully exposed breasts of Rei. Not meaning to sound greedy, but I'd prefer to see more of Misato in the next film.
One of my biggest complaints against the movie would be in time. At 100 minutes, it's hard to feel that they are capturing much of the subtext that made this series so great. This movie does do well. I just feel going for a more solid two hours would be better. To be honest, I would also be happy if these were three hours, but I'm not sure many others would be. It still manages to sneak in many of my favorite scenes and add in some new ones.
What's weird is just how relaxed people always seem to be during these Angel attacks. People are always walking casually about from place to place. All while the fate of humanity is on the brink of possible eradication.
This movie doesn't make it at all clear just how Toji
could of possibly learned that Shinji was the pilot of the Eva. As a long time fan of the series, I already know the answer, but someone new might be confused. For this particular movie, these two guys feel kind of pointless.
One of the biggest challenges is to try and not spend the whole review just making comparisons to the original. This should more be about judging the movie on it's own merits. That's just hard to do when the original is so well known, but I think this movie actually benefits from the comparison. That's because in nearly every way this movie proves strong.
What change will Mari Illustrious bring to the mix in Evangelion 2.0?
What I notice is how some of the relationships have changed slightly. Many of those scenes of Shinji and Rei have been pulled back, but the ones with Misato seem stronger. Even later, Ritsuko
sort of talks about how there could be something romantic between the two, but she could of been teasing. I'll be interested to see if that gets pulled back at all when Asuka
are brought in for the next movie.
I was cautious about these movies originally. I thought it would all just be a more detailed version of End of Evangelion
in the end, but the introduction of new characters and events actually has me curious where this will all end. We could get something really different.
I've been a long time out, but I'm certainly right back in the thick of it, now. This movie is a solid 5 out of 5 for me. All the good stuff more than outweighs the bad.Favorite Moment: Shinji prepares to take a second shot
Least Favorite Moment: Shinji's walkabout
WTF Moment: Note- Use public transit in Tokyo 3. Cars are screwed.
Favorite Character This Episode: Misato KatsuragiDubs or Subs?: Dubs