I'm not a die-hard Japanese culture enthusiast, but the Godzilla films that I have seen, I have liked a lot, with a few exceptions (looking at you, 1998 reboot). That being said, I did make sure to go see the limited theatrical release of "Shin Godzilla", the reboot of the Japanese Godzilla series.
This film is a reboot, so it starts the series anew, with Godzilla's first appearance. That being said, it is definitely not an origin story. This film takes a unique, humanistic approach which focuses on the disaster relief element of the attack. It provides an interesting perspective to the story and creates better character development. Despite this, the film still manages to keep the film exciting by balancing the character development, action sequences, and of course, the political commentary for which the series is known. One of my few issues with the film is that the filmmakers felt the need to describe every location of the film.
The film is also surprisingly well-done in terms of its technical elements. The cinematography is truly amazing, showcasing the eponymous monster and the detailed setting of Tokyo. The design of Godzilla is also impressive, with its combination of practical and CGI effects, with only a select few of the CGI scenes looking a little cheesy. Also, some of the subtitles left the screen a bit too quickly, but not to the point of making it unable to be understood.
So overall, I really liked "Shin Godzilla". It's not perfect, but it is very well-made. Fans of the series should definitely check it out.
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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