I saw 3.33 yesterday...I feel like it's the "Alien 3" ( my favorite in that series and a movie I adore simply because of its exquisitely dark, tragic, and nihilistic nature) of the Rebuild series. In essence, it very darkly and beautifully threw out, demolished, deconstructed, and utterly destroyed all of the pseudo-optimism of the previous film (much like Alien 3 did to Aliens to such an extent that it royally pissed off a faction of diehards who never forgave Fincher for that). As such, I love this movie. After 5 years of waiting, it was the other shoe that I've been waiting to drop much like it unexpectedly did when I first saw NGE back in 99. Lilith hunched over and impaled akin to Adam in Antarctica in the original series and amidst that sea of skulls was priceless. The most beautiful scene was when the three children were walking away at the end. It was that final semblance of balance, normalcy and release after all the confusion presented in the film. I agree the surrealism is on par with EoE and the nightmarish scenes of NGE. Here, they are just as wonderfully crafted as they have been in the past. However, there is still hope and this series is pushing forward more than ever to stop looking back and to let go. My verdict is that it is wonderful and just might be my favorite thus far simply because the complexity has been elevated far above what was present in the already exceptional first half of the rebuild series. Then stakes of devastation and destruction and the impact of it all (no pun intended) has never been greater, even when Tokyo 3 vanished and Kaworu appeared in the original NGE. As such, the despair is deeper here in my opinion. As an added bonus, I like that the interactions are minimalist in favor of building upon the apocalyptic atmosphere but that has more to do with my artistic tastes and sensibilities. I feel like this movie has opened my eyes or something in such a way that the original NGE (while always still being adored) has faded in such a way that it's as though it were a magnificent statue made of sand gracefully crumbling in to dust as it blows away into the wind.
"Acts of Man are greater than acts of God!"
"I'm saying that I love you."
NOT FROM EVANGELION:
"You are excrement. You can change yourself into gold."