Remarkably focused on the tense downtime and psychological drama for a 144-minute men-on-a-mission war film from the 40s, with lot of engaging procedural details on military life during such operation. Topped off by one hell of a climatic nighttime attack too, so harrowingly staged.
It has been much lauded for the homage and respect of the monster's origin and subsequent stories, but for me the monster stuff strongly evokes Spielberg in his spectacle prime. The way the movie reveals tidbits about Godzilla and teases its full appearance really helps build the mystique and grandeur. Each glimpse has thrilling impact, and it builds to one of the most satisfying blockbuster climaxes in recent memory. The director is also smart in how he frames the monsters,…