Shin Godzilla Review
Is it a bird?
A super-man flying?
Or, it is a god-damn squirrel?!
If you were disappointed with the 2014 Godzilla film, which had less than 10 minutes of actual screen-time in a 123 minute movie, then it’s time you watch a movie from a country that has always done it better, or at least I hope so.
Director: Hideaki Anno
What makes Shin Godzilla so interesting is that it’s directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi. Any half-decent anime fan would have at least heard of Neon Genesis Evangelion. [Don’t dare call yourself an anime fan without watching Neon Genesis Evangelion]. It’s a show that’s by far one of the most complex and depressing animes you’ll ever come across. So what happens when you give Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi to make Shin Godzilla? I don’t know.
A Political/Bureaucratic Thriller
Shin Godzilla is less of a monster movie, and more of a bureaucratic thriller that simply answers the question – How would the whole government of Japan really react to the appearance of a Massive Monster streaking through the country?
Would they scream – “YAAATHA!”
Or, would they nuke the shit of the Godzilla?
Shin Godzilla breaks down the bureaucratic actions of a government right from the lowly soldiers to the officer, to the Minister to the Prime Minister.
Sound boring, right? Well, it’s not!
Godzilla movies are so focused on the Monster or the Monster-vs-Monster fight, that I actually found this story angle to be refreshing.
Who is the Hero?
Any good story needs a good protagonist to follow. Someone to follow the story as the events unfold. Shin Godzilla doesn’t have one. Godzilla isn’t the protagonist. The lead character isn’t the protagonist.
If I was to tag someone as the protagonist, I would say that it’s Japan. Shin Godzilla is about how one nation reacts to Godzilla. There are plenty of scenes to just tell us how the people of Japan are getting through the monstrous crisis that is plight/plot of the movie. And, it’s done in a way that doesn’t break away from the story.
Shin Godzilla is filled with some excellent shorts that combine to tell a really good story. This is not a movie to be watched on a small screen. Watch it on a projector – if you must – to grasp the epic scale of things! To truly behold the epic fight of man vs Godzilla.
While the CGI is a bit patch when Godzilla is first introduced, it greatly improves throughout the film.
Shit Just Keeps Happening
Godzilla is not a movie for the thinking man. But, it compensates that by making sure there’s plenty of shit going down. Think Godzilla is the only enemy in the film? Well, think again because America is going to be invading Japan, and China is going to mind-control Godzilla.
Or, wait… was that this movie? Actually! I’m not sure, but – whatever – Godzilla is a story that’s continuously on the roll with things never stagnating.
Why should you Watch?
Because you’re a lover of classic Japanese Godzilla films? Oh, wait – you’re not? Well that’s too freaking bad.
Unless… you totally hate those American Godzilla movies, or you think they don’t do Godzilla justice.
As 2Pac said, “OG be da Best!” (Thoth here: 2Pac didn’t say that, in fact i’m thinking no one that wasn’t high on crack said that). Watch Shin Godzilla because this is the way the Japanese do it!
It’s different and it’s exciting. Or, at least I think it is.
Or – Do I?
Just watch the freaking movie already!