I didn't watch the show, but after watching this movie I can summarize the premise as "This is the story of a guy with daddy issues finding himself surrounded by hot chicks and having to pilot a giant robot to save mankind from neat monsters". I heard it is much, much more, but I can't say this remake made me feel that way so far.
Psychologically it's mainly aforementioned daddy issues and some "why me I can't do this I want to matter"-babble, which is just not that effective when it's being said by some guy I know nothing about. Actually I spent most of the movie feeling it didn't really want me to watch it, because the truckload of Fanservice
is like "This is for dudes, what are you doing here". Serious contemplation is done in the bathtub, women change on screen and Shinji lands on a naked girl, accidentally reaching second base, completely ruining what could have been a proper confrontation by letting him find out if all her hair is blue. Yeah, thanks movie.
That is not to say I didn't like it. The art is superb. The animation is smooth, the backgrounds are gorgeous
, the lightning and frames accentuate the mood well, the imagery is neat and the angels are great eldritch abominations
(screaming origami diamond from hell, fuck yes). Not to mention the last few scenes are strong and show the protagonist is capable of not being a total doormat, which is nice and makes me hope the next instalment will allow me to get to know some characters.