Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon Time Review

Review | Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon A Time

Evangelion 3.0+1.0 was worth the wait. It’s a satisfying and beautiful conclusion that focuses on its characters and saying goodbye.

Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon A Time was finally released internationally on Amazon Prime Video. It was first released in Japan on March 8th. Then on June 12, a new version of the movie was released in Japanese cinemas.

This film marks the conclusion of the Rebuild of Evangelion film series, which is a retelling of the original series Neon Genesis Evangelion. This was a highly anticipated movie for fans of the franchise. Indeed, the third chapter was released in 2012. So fans have been waiting nine years to watch the conclusion. And let’s not forget, that the production was riddled with trouble. Thus, is Evangelion 3.0+1.0 really worth the wait?

STORY

First of all, this is the longest movie of the franchise with a 155 minutes runtime (2h35 minutes). So, it doesn’t have to rush anything. It can take time to conclude all the different storylines. And it does take its time. Even though the opening scene is a big action sequence (and it’s an impressive one), the first act focuses on the characters. It takes place in an intimate setting away from the frontlines – a camp of survivors. That allows a deeper dive into the characters.

We get to see the “fake” Rei Ayanami learning what it means to be human. It’s a beautiful and emotional storyline. While the main character Shinji Ikari has to move on from his failure. It’s heartbreaking to see him like this. The whole point of the first act is for Shinji to accept he can’t change the past and he has to move forward.

The second act enters into the heart of the action with the big fight between WILLE and NERV. It goes BIG on the action.  There’s a tonal shift as the story progresses. Shinji is left aside to give the focus on Misato, Asuka, and Mari. It’s not my favorite part of the movie but it surely delivers in terms of fight scenes.

SHINJI IKARI

Finally, in the third act, Shinji Ikari comes back on the front stage. It’s all about giving closure to the characters and for Shinji to face his father. The final confrontation is more focused on the emotional side than on the action side. For me, that’s what makes the conclusion so powerful and meaningful. Violence is not the answer. The final scene is beautiful. It’s a satisfying ending to this saga.

VISUALS

Visually, this movie is stunning! The settings are wonderful and highly detailed. As for the characters, they are amazingly animated. However, when 3D animation comes into play for a few scenes in the final act, it doesn’t work. The 3D animation feels rough and more like PS4 video games than what you can do with 3D animation nowadays. There are also a few unnecessary nude scenes. It feels like they are purely designed for the male gaze. And I don’t like that at all.

SOUNDTRACK

The score is beautiful and adds to the scenes. Though, what you will remember the most are the two songs by Utada Hikaru. One Last Kiss is currently stuck in my head, it’s a great song!

VERDICT

Evangelion 3.0+1.0 was worth the wait. It’s a satisfying and beautiful conclusion that focuses on its characters and saying goodbye.

Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon A Time is available internationally on Prime Video. The three other movies are also available on this streaming platform.

 

 

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