EVANGELION 3.33 Return of the wuss
released OUT NOW! 2012 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD
Director Hideaki Anno
Cast Megumi Ogata, Akira Ishida,
Yuko Miyamura, Megumi Hayashibara
Anime fans have waited a long time for this new cinematic iteration of Evangelion. Originating in the ’ 90s, Eva is kind of Pacific Rim meets Watchmen, with giant robots and manically neurotic characters. Newbies certainly shouldn’t start here – the two earlier films rebooted the story.
This time round, the long- suffering Shinji awakes 14 years after the last episode, to find his former friends hating him – not surprising, as he appears to have reduced the world to a crimson ruin. After witnessing warfare on a flying battleship, Shinji is “rescued” by his supremely sinister father, then introduced to a youth who seems mysteriously in love with him. Eva fans will recognise this stranger as Kaworu, a pivotal figure in the franchise.
After the massively exuberant Evangelion 2. 22, this sequel is jarringly downbeat. It may also annoy viewers sick of Shinji being whiny, miserable and hopeless ( his default setting for much of Eva), and for the lack of answers to plot mysteries ( which is, again, typical). Yet it’s sumptuously made and works well as a traumatic head- trip through the ruins of a psyche that was broken from the start.
Extras Brief promo material. Andrew Osmond
Anno isn’t hurrying to make the fourth film – he’s now co- directing the next Japanese Godzilla film instead.
Harry’s new “person plant” was ace.