I went to watch Evangelion 1.0 yesterday at Cathay. Do you know that Cathay offers student prices of $6? UOB card members also enjoy $6 per ticket. Naturally it’s only limited to weekdays! However it is a great price for a good movie.
I didn’t watch Evangelion the Anime, and thus I went with no information and zero interest because I have no idea what Evangelion is actually about. The movie entertains right from the beginning, and I could understand most of the things that were inside even though I have no prior experience at watching Evangelion. From Wiki articles, I realized that this movie is actually more or less the same as the first few episodes of the anime on TV. Hence, Evangelion fans would probably be very familiar with everything.
The story begins with a boy named Shinji Ikari who is going to meet his father whom he has not seen for 3 years. An angle (the bad monster) attacks the city and Shinji is rescued by a pretty lady who turns out to be a colonel. Anyway, Shinji is asked to pilot the Eva Unit 01, which he refuses. When he sees the primary pilot Rei stuggling because of an old injury, he agrees to pilot the unit.
The story shows 3 battles between 3 angles, of which the last is super strong and is the bulk of the story and action. For more information, read wikipedia (link below).
There are a few questions which I had after I read the movie. There seems to be a pact with another company SEELE which was left unanswered (but anime fans will definitely know since its in the anime). Similarly, the last part shows this naked guy who wants to meet with Shinji. Reading Wiki allows me to understand that he is actually the last and 17th Angel who will eventually take over the piloting of one of the eva units. He will then allow Shinji to kill him.
Thus, the movie isn’t all that good because as a non-evangelion-anime-tv-fan, I get confused by many new things popping up here and there, but due to a lack of screen time, they went unanswered.
Anyway, the story ends with To Be Continued, so I would expect Evangelion: 2.0 to come out sooner or later, and I would have to watch it for completion’s sake.
I rate it 3/5 stars because of the questions I had, but it is a very entertaining show nonetheless.