Godzilla vs. Hedorah was one of the Showa films I always remember hearing about as a kid. In every conversation, the same points came up. Between the pollution monster and the “save the earth” message, paired with the psychedelic soundtrack and visuals, people seemed to write this off as a bizarre entry in the series. So at the very least, I expected a visually distinct Godzilla movie. If I was cynical I’d say maybe with subpar directing and writing, given…
The last of my Sundance viewings, and while it wasn’t a whimper that the week ended on, I’d hardly call it a bang either.
For a directorial debut this movie is incredibly precise, with great cinematography and performances abound. It is, however, incredibly slow, and while I don’t like complaining about a movie being slow it was particularly egregious here. Also unless it’s part of a greater metaphor I’m just not getting, the Sharks themselves felt almost inconsequential.
An incredibly powerful and intense story about privilege and perception. It’s a real rorshach test of a film - it asks the audience to draw their own conclusions almost unconsciously and it’s not until the end that you realize it. I know that’s vague but I’m trying hard not to spoil anything. Absolutely fantastic and I was honored to be in the room during the q@a with Director Julius Onah - his answers showed just how much work and thought went into this.