Godzilla Minus One

Godzilla Minus One ★★★★

Yes! YES! Such a blast. Not quite on Shin Godzilla's level in terms of how it mines Godzilla for thematic significance, but that is one of the best films of the last ten years, so that almost doesn't count as a complaint. Yamazaki, splitting the difference between remaking and making a prequel to Honda's original, delivers breathtaking kaiju action on land, in water, and up in the air; and he manages to emotionally root the destruction in a strikingly grounded domestic drama about post-war trauma and Japan's attempts to rebuild and redefine itself. My favourite action movie of 2023. "Managing information is what this country excels at."

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