Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (2011)
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as Shinji Ikari
as Rei Ayanami
as Asuka Langley Shikinami
as Mari Makinami Illustrious
as Misato Katsuragi
as Ritsuko Akagi
as Ryoji Kaji
as Kaworu Nagisa
as Gendo Ikari
as Kouzou Fuyutsuki
as Maya Ibuki
as Shigeru Aoba
as Makoto Hyuga
as Toji Suzuhara
as Kensuki Aida
as Hikari Horaki
as Keel Lorentz
Critic Reviews for Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance
Like a surly teen pilot, you, too, might find yourself bored and muttering, "Honestly, maybe the fate of humanity and the world isn't important to me, either.''
The laser blasts and shimmering force fields in these contests are less violent than the repressed feelings of sensitive Shinji.
It's strictly for the fans, who will furiously parse the changes in the narrative (including a new female pilot) and the nonsensical stew of philosophical and religious symbolism.
For the most part, this is the kind of immersive fanboy experience that doesn't suffer wandering attention spans.
Evangelion 2.0 will undoubtedly confound some viewers with its jam-packed narrative and jargon-heavy dialogue but the intricately designed, hyper-kinetic visuals more than compensate, especially when seen at the scale they deserve.
Audience Reviews for Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance
The second film in the proposed four film theatrical rebuild of the Neon Genesis Evangelion, 2.22 shares the same stunning visuals as the first and offers a more definitive look at the alternate story arc taking shape in these films. Evangelion 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance takes the series from it's more alike story in the first half of the film to one that deviates in many key sequences and involves old plot points with alternate characters in them and totally new events and discoveries being marked entirely. These differences only really resonate in the latter half of the film and while some are major there is enough alike and adhere to the narrative that nothing comes off overly contrived or condensed, instead continuing quite well where the first film left off. Once again seeing this on Blu-ray is stunning, but seeing it in the local Cinema was a revelation and truly awe-inspiring to behold and matches it's visuals with it's well-developed characters and narrative. This film is a dramatic setup for the third film as it ends with Shinji unknowingly bringing about the Third Impact, the end of the world as we know it...
This four-film project had the chance to get right the things that went wrong with the series, namely the technogibberish, the many underdeveloped ideas, the labyrinthine plot and the over-the-top ending; the first two films totally failed on that account. This second film indulges even more to technogibberish and non-sensical narration that wants to pose as sophisticated. The teen-angst characters seem fake and a bad replica of the original. The whole film seems like a cliche based on the tropes that the original series managed to establish. Shots like the elevator scene between Rei and Asuka have become a lot shorter (the original was painfully long but totally appropriate for the moment) and the whole character relations have got a harem-genre turn. Silly fan service is everywhere (for the male audience of course) which ruins the attitude of the film. The animation however is beautiful and the larger production values show, but somehow with less character than the series. The original series was a ground of extreme experimentation with narrative, strange angle shots that mirrored the internal states of the characters and some nice post-modern narration here and there (that was getting out of hand at the last episodes). Approach with caution or go see the series.
More giant robots battle "angels," and hero Shinji continues whining about how his father doesn't love him, in this second installment of the anime series. Pretty and logic-free, with candy-colored visuals and teenage angst.
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