I didn’t like it.
I said it.
My two other friends who watched it along with me didn’t like it and we felt that it is a waste of 10 dollars. The buddy that originally told us to watch it with him completely enjoyed it. He is an Eva fan and it is clear that it is worth the 10 dollars he spent for the movie.
Why are the two descriptions so different between people who are completely neutral toward the show (having a mostly unbiased view of the show since we have little background knowledge). I am told that I do not need to know on the background of Neon Genesis Evangelion and I actually watch a few episodes of it a decade ago on my mainstream television channels.
Before I start off, I must say that it definitely has a lot of good things in the show. The action scenes are nothing short of breathtaking. The story is pretty interesting, with you wondering what it is going on with the angels? What is this restoration of the world? There are also great graphical animation that will blow you off your seat. Yet, there is something missing.
1. Before any hardcore EVA fan uses the reason of “You didn’t watch the original series and you have no right to talk”, I believed that this is merely an re-interpretation. That means I should not need the background information of the series. However, I have this niggling feeling that I will far appreciate this show if I have watched the earlier edition. It is perhaps true since most of the Eva fans are objecting to my negative perception of the show. Yet, if it is a well constructed anime movie, I should at least enjoy it decently without the background. Some details seemingly imply the requirement to know about the prior series for better appreciation.
2. One of the key issues in this movie is the extremely lifeless characters that are exploding in front of me. Well, lifeless is probably a very inaccurate word to use, but it’s more like I feel almost nothing for the destruction of the base or the people who are trying to protect it. The overall concept in this story seems to be saving the world from destruction, and that will require you to have some sympathy for the defenders. I do not. I do not really know. One of the reasons is probably how annoying the characters are. I know I should be looking at Rei (the possible founder of the silent archetype) or Misato but it just does not work that way.
3. There is an extreme sense of over indulgence by the director. I know it might offend mecha genre viewers (or Anno fans), but I do not see the point of spending three minutes to know that power line 1-490 and transformers no. 15-19 are currently connected. I am there for the action and I am not sure what it attempts to contribute. Perhaps, it is trying to add on to the tension but I feel that it is detracting from better character development.
So for those who have not watched NGE before this movie, do you feel the same? Do you feel that I am portraying a negative view of EVA 1.0 for a new entrant to the franchise?