Godzilla ★★★★

Getting acquainted with the starting point of one of the most legendary franchises in the world is certainly a pleasure. Biological warfare meets big hulking monster meets occupation era Japan and the threat of another nuclear attack. As b-movie as this film seems in premise, especially considering it's one of the earliest of kaiju movies, there's a surprising amount of emphasis on the human characters, and Godzilla is sparingly seen, but the times the friendly(?) neighborhood kaiju is on screen, it's glorious. The film is also very impressive to look at too, with great cinematography. The film does revel a little in some camp and over the top moments, which helps to make the film not only a competent allegory of the times but also a fun experience to watch in general.