After marathoning the series and becoming rabidly addicted in such a short amount of time, I was hesitant to watch this knowing it's first half was a recap of what I had just watched, and it concluded with material present in the next film. But, its existence and structure, particularly the recap material, actually melds perfectly with the series' thematic and formal explorations.
The first hour is not just a montage of random clips thrown together haphazardly; they're particular moments edited to a certain emotional and psychological rhythm. Characters are connected through the past and present along a tapestry of broken souls and attempted recovery. It's a micro-view of the series' heart and a gallery of its soul.
The film's final half hour is a cliffhanger segment of The End of Evangelion, and as such, works brilliantly.
Whew, here we go. Time to have my mind melted and my heart sledgehammered.