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ab’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Honestly I'm disappointed. It attempts to improve on the show's original ending, but in my opinion that ending was already perfect.
They're both about Shinji coming to terms with himself, but this one had so much unnecessary bullshit that it was actually kind of annoying.
Why was Rei trying to merge with Adam?
What did the Lance of Longius do?
Why did Gendo trying to start the third impact when he was saying all that stuff about humanity's will to survive?
How did Asuka get resurrected?
How come Shinji had the power to control the fate of existence?
What were the SWAT team trying to do? Were they stopping the third impact? If so? Why were NERV staff resisting?
It's just so pointless and unnecessary that they should've just stuck with the original ending. They tried to outdo it by showing in as much religious symbolism in as they could but failed to see that it was the internal struggle of the characters that made the show interesting.