A god incarnate. A city doomed.
Japan is plunged into chaos upon the appearance of a giant monster.
Japan is plunged into chaos upon the appearance of a giant monster.
Hiroki Hasegawa Yutaka Takenouchi Satomi Ishihara Kengo Kora Matsuo Satoru Mikako Ichikawa Issei Takahashi Kanji Tsuda Shinya Tsukamoto Toru Nomaguchi Daisuke Kuroda Ren Osugi Kimiko Yo Akira Emoto Sei Hiraizumi Toru Tezuka Kenichi Yajima Akira Hamada Ikuji Nakamura Tetsu Watanabe Jun Kunimura Shingo Tsurumi Jun Hashimoto Pierre Taki Takumi Saito KREVA Ken Mitsuishi Kyusaku Shimada Taro Suwa Show All…
a takedown of bureaocracy that honestly believes we can do better, that we're capable of more...instead of blame and anger this presents an optimistic vision of a world where evil comes from pain and sadness but can be dealt with, most people are not evil, just ignorant or flawed, where we all make mistakes but ultimately can rise above them. bless this for being so full of hope and the beauty of humanity, not of humans as individuals with backstories but as a connected group of quirks and facial expressions and body language and feelings, individuals but part of a collective. this is bizarre and funny and heartbreaking, immersive and energetic. we jump in with both feet and don't stop…
when they cued the
I fucking collapsed.
Now I am become death; the destroyer of worlds.
31 movies. There are 31 movies about Godzilla. We are not talking about some charismatic popular character with strong personality that conquered the heart of the audience who feeds their success. We're not talking about a franchise taking place in a enormously rich universe with infinite possibilities of development and open doors to spin-offs. We're not even talking about a commercial sensation in toys and miscellaneous midia sales. James Bond, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Marvel universe, nothing like that. We're talking about a big ass lizard who breathes fucking laser and wreaks havoc on the city.
THIRTY ONE MOVIES ABOUT THAT.
And there will be more. There will always be more,…
Maybe only Anno could have made something so weirdly modern, a simultaneously sincere and completely absurd anti-kaiju that begins as a nightmare bureaucratic comedy of errors then pivots to fully embrace a collectivist Japanese spirit of ingenuity, all of it a reflection of the country's psychic fallout from Fukushima. And that's setting aside the terrific CG version of suit-mation (I know, I'm as surprised as you are). Not necessarily the most exciting movie, but certainly one of the most fascinating and engaged films in the long history of this series.
The King of the Monsters returns to his Japanese roots with Shin Godzilla, a film that all but reboots the franchise on a fresh, clean slate. The story is less focused on countless scenes of mass destruction and more on the political damage control that goes on behind the scenes while the monster rampages across Tokyo, and that's where most of the intrigue of the film is derived. Rather than being a somber fable on the dangers of nuclear testing (a message which is undoubtedly still retained in subtext here), the film slyly criticizes the bureaucratic handling of a major disaster. While a rapidly evolving monster mindlessly obliterates the Tokyo skyline, the higher ups who could benefit their country by…
Godzilla, as both a film franchise and a prehistoric fire-breathing sea monster, has always been defined by its ability to evolve. Originally conceived for the 1954 Ishirō Honda classic that bore his name and first introduced him to the world, Godzilla is the king of the kaiju and the most durable of all movie monsters because — by feeding on nuclear energy — it essentially feeds on human folly, itself. If there’s a more renewable resource, scientists have yet to discover it.
It would be 300-foot-tall understatement to say that some of the Godzilla movies have failed to capitalize on their star’s unique allegorical power (or was Mechagodzilla a poignant metaphor for the perils of worshipping false idols?), but the…
OOF that dub is not good... at all...
Things the film did right:
Godzilla appears right at the start of the film. He/she is near-invincible. Lots and lots of Japanese people run and scream. Cars get smashed, buildings are toppled, the Japanese army/navy/marines throw everything they have at the "Giant Unidentified Creature".
The first 25 minutes of the movie is basically dudes in suits in board rooms talking about what to do.
The rest of the movie is intercut between board room drama and fruitless attacks on Gojira. Gojira has giant goofy eyes, a virtually unmoving needle teeth mouth, gross red gills, and dried up little T-Rex stick arms.
So ... Pacific Rim is still the best Gojira movie I've seen.
"Only humans are even more horrifying than Godzilla, aren't they?"
Just amazing. The first Japanese Godzilla movie after 12 years. We got Gareth Edwards' Godzilla after the 10 year break. But it took 2 additional years to get Japan themselves working on one again. And here it is. Finally hitting Western shelves.
For this one they tried to do a proper reboot. Make it fresh, make it special. The creature design got a complete overhaul. It now looks like what I'd describe as a rugged burned tumor and I love it to be honest. I can see how people don't like this one but I enjoy the beautiful terrible ugliness of it. A true monster, that is not easy on…
This is the highest contrast between "How Much I Like This Movie" and "How Good This Movie Sounds" that I have ever experienced. This movie's mix is garbage. There are tons of BGs, foley, and even some FX that are too low or missing in almost every situation where they should be at their strongest. But more importantly, the music is almost always too low in the mix. Not to mention, the music choices are not good -- they straight-up lifted some of the most iconic tracks from the Evangelion Rebuild movies, which was incredibly distracting. Sorry, that's already too much complaining.
Otherwise, I loved this movie. There was so much attention to detail in every aspect that I could just imagine myself discovering new things about it after a tenth rewatch. The procedural aspects were so engaging, the science was tight -- it was like watching a live-action Evangelion with no giant robots and only one Angel.
I seriously loved Shin Godzilla.
There's a great sense of scale and destruction when Godzilla is doing his thing - knocking over buildings, stepping on tanks, setting fire to countless city blocks - just decimating a massive city with little-to-no effort. And he's on screen plenty.
When the story isn't focused on the rampaging creature it follows the people trying to stop it. This I thought was really cool; instead of some tough army guy running in with explosives we see the government pencil pushers behind their desks trying to figure out what the hell to do. It has a distinctly Japanese perspective on it that works really well.
It does run a little long and the ending is kinda…
Godzilla returns to his native home- and the results are surprisingly boring, with this satirical look at how government bureaucracy handles the invasion of a radioactive monster proving to be significantly less interesting than it sounds. From the first scene onwards, Shin Godzilla proves to be overwhelming due to how many characters, job titles and factoids are thrown on to the screen in succession (the first scene alone names and titles at least ten people).
The entire film just becomes an enormous info dump, made even more polarising by the bold refusal to introduce any characters with expository dialogue. So many people are introduced at once, it's hard to follow who's who and why we should care- and Godzilla only…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
All right, so I'm a pretty huge fan of this series - been one since I was about 8 (I'm going on 21 now) and I've seen every single film at least once, most more than that. Now on this film itself...
I'd been looking forward to seeing this for a while and noe that I did, it didn't totally let me down but I can't say it's one of the better films in the series. I think it would be fair to say that this movie makes at least as many changes to the Godzilla mythology as the Roland Emmerich flick - and they're way more bizarre. I literally laughed out loud when Godzilla sends a massive, concentrated laserbeam…
Semi-satirical take on the familiar big-guy-comes-to-Tokyo tale, with countless government officials deliberating to create the best strategy to save the world. This Godzilla has a few new tricks and aesthetically looks similar to the Toho films of old, but the FX guys could've put a bit more work into his eyes (they look like lifeless doll eyes).
Pretty awesome take on Gojira. I especially liked the Japanese government stuff.