Shin Godzilla

Shin Godzilla ★★★★½

Yeah 95% of this movie is Japan’s top officials struggling to cut through red tape and bureaucracy where orders have to go through 3 or 4 people before they can be enacted. I loved that Hideaki Anno took this approach. It’s a direct contrast to his work on Neon Genesis Evangelion in which the government is more hands off and decisive actions can be taken swiftly and easily. I also love that this satirizes the motivations of some officials who act in such a way to protect their jobs rather than the citizens. The connections to the NGE anime series don’t stop there however. Anno collaborated with NGE’s storyboard artist, Shinji Higuchi, to direct the elaborate special effects - some of the most original and horrifying I’ve seen in a Godzilla picture. Some of the music heard in this is also borrowed from Evangelion. “Decisive Battle” is repurposed as the theme music for the government as they try to take down the walking, fire-breathing hybrid of a nuclear power plant, tsunami and earthquake known as Godzilla.

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