The timing of the left is awful, I would have felt cheated if I saw the remake first. Watching shinji get beat on, begging for the eva to move after it has ran out of energy, is the absolute highpoint of emotions in the series (excluding eoe). As a side point, note that shinji is not depicted after unit 01 wakes up in the original series, to show the fact that he has merged with it. The remake tries to do a similar thing in a much less clever way by showing him glowy and colourful, and diving deeply into the core. Wordier, flashier and ultimately leaves a much smaller emotional impact on the viewer.