I'd say watch the show first too. I like both the movies and the series, but I think you'd get more out of the movies if you could see where they diverge and what they allude to sometimes from the original.
I'd definitely say watch the show first. The movie just doesn't have as strong of an effect as the show.
It's almost comparable to asking if you should read the Harry Potter book, or just watch the movie.
I watched all of it. Definitely worth the time. C:
You should really watch the show first. There are some changes from the original in the Rebuild, so technically it's not the same. It's very good and the Rebuild series is good as well.
I highly recommend original then Rebuild.
The first movie is pretty much the same as the original series. But 2.22 is very very different. I recommend watching the original series and End of Evangelion movie. It's like a rite of passage for every anime fan.
It would be good to watch the original show first. While the movies have updated tech, they are also condensed. And while the original plot does not change in the new movies very much, little changes in the script and scenery can create different impressions of characters and their personalities. They were able to get most of the original voice actors back, but for the sake of clarification, the movies are very different in their organization. If you watch them first, you might not be able to appreciate some of the unique qualities of the original story. smile
As with everyone else's choice, watch the series and see the differences between it and the Rebuild series. I'd also highly suggest (if I could force you, I would) to watch End of Evangelion after watching the T.V series. ... here, let me super impose it for you:
WATCH END OF EVANGELION AND ENJOY THE LOSS OF YOUR MENTAL VIRGINITY!
wow, you've probably seen the movies by now lol. If you have, how did you like them?
This is for anyone stumbles upon this topic and is wondering on how to go about jump into NGE. I think the best way to go about it is the watch The End of Evangelion. This was suggested somewhere else too and I think its the perfect advice for this anime, especially because of how its set up and where End of Evangelion's place is among the other NGE media. If you like it, then I say jump head first into the anime. And save the reboots, You Are Not Alone & You Can Not Advance, for after you've finished the series. Its like saving the best for last because the reboots are pure magic and amazing and so sick nasty, lol. And the series has so much more than the reboots, you really get to know the characters, which is the best part about this anime to me, and the dynamics, which although the reboots look spetacular, since their shorter feature films they don't go into as much depth. So having the series behind you is good and makes the reboots 10x more awesome then they already are.
Also after you want the series, make sure to watch the alt endings as well, and look for forums/fan websites. NGE is confusing first time around, and you miss a crap ton of stuff. If you really love this anime and want to get into it, find a site to read along as you go, ep by ep. Or just go through, and then when you're finished, find a helpful website and watch NGE all over. This anime is RICH, i mean rich with imagery and symbolism and nuances and hints. It has layers of stuff, and thats what makes it so awesome besides the battle sequences, and the characters, and the story, and the animation.
Anyways, can't wait for the last two reboot films. UGH, I have no patience. Absolutely none! Enjoy ^_^biggrin