Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion ★★★★★

Wow! I mean: WOW!!!

Is another reaction even thinkable after an experience like this? Indeed, The End of Evangelion is not merely a movie, it is a soul cleansing experience. This is what you imagine Tarkovsky would have done, if he ever made an animated film.

The themes dealt with in this movie are amongst the deepest, most complex, and most important ever dealt with in any work of art. What does it really mean to live, to be a human being? Is life worthwhile, or even possible, without inter-acting, without friendship, without love, without any relationship of any kind? Can it still be called life then? But is life also worthwhile, or even possible, without suffering, without pain, without being vulnerable, without being hurt?

Of course, numerous other films also deal with these, or similar, themes, but only rarely the same depth is reached as in The End of Evangelion. Actually, the whole Evangelion franchise is based upon this central idea, this all-determining opposition: humanity as a single - and therefore 'soulless', unconscious - organism (in the film this is called the "Human Instrumentality Project") vs. humanity as a group of all unique - and therefore highly conscious - individuals (you could call this the "Being Human Project").

Twice during this movie I was nearly moved to tears. Both times it concerned a scene accompanied by a piece of Johann Sebastian Bach. For those who are interested: the pieces are the world famous 'Air' from Bach's third orchestral suite, and the chorale 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' from cantata BWV 147. Both melodies are amongst the noblest, most majestic, most beautiful ever created. A philosopher once said that Bach's music is the only hard evidence for the existence of God. Who am I to contradict that.

I do not give five stars easily, but this film deserves no less.