A cause unknown, an accident has occurred in the tunnels of the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line, causing an emergency cabinet meeting to convene. Immediately afterwards, a huge creature appears, destroying town after town with its landing reaching the capital. The mysterious giant organism named “Godzilla”.
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Despite a turgid pace at times, "Shin Godzilla" remains one of 2016's great popcorn movie pleasures thanks to the way "Evangelion" creator Hideaki Anno is able to emphasize black comedy at the expense of government bureaucracy - while still striking a solemn enough tone that when the King of the Monsters finally does go nuclear, it's as sobering and horrific a sight as we've seen in Godzilla's entire history.
Sort of ashamed to say I slept through some of Godzilla Resurgence. The obscene amount of subtitles & 4 hours sleep took a 45 minute chunk from the middle for me. The modern update was smart as was the redesign & evolutionary approach to Godzilla himself was very clever. However the West Wing approach & total lack of emotion made this a somewhat dull & very weird watch. But definitely looking forward to a 2nd watch.
Anno and Higuchi have rebooted the series with a fair amount of reverence and intelligence in imagining how the Japanese government would handle the appearance of Gojira in modern day. Having said that this is a film more about bureaucracy than monsters with endless meetings and discussions and very little mayhem. On the plus side is a reimagined Gojira look and better effects (save the initial creature design).
I always feel nausea when I see Japanese contemporary cinema which has background about WWⅡ because It always depicts "Japan is victim of war." Surely Hiroshima & Nagasaki is devastatingly suffered by atomic bomb, but also Japan commited brutal war crimes & killed countless persons. I think Japan has no sense of war criminal & this movie reflects that. For me, this is Japanese way of masturbation. Truly disgusting.
It's really good when it's questioning the worth of the bureaucratic state that rules modern societies with its particular steadfast motion that is associated with Japanese order, but becomes lame when it falls into nationalism praising thats oh so very neo-liberal. Superb editing and motion storytelling though. 3.5
I came at this movie as a part of the Evangelion crowd, but there's something this movie does so beautifully I have to single out - the delivery of Yaguchi's speech to the impromptu crane alliance, in the context of political bureaucracy, and in contrast against discombobulated evacuations, betrays the sincere national pride and a faith in countrymen that lies at the film's heart. Just as expected from the master.
everything i love about anno's unique direction in the giant-robot-anime genre (slow bureaucracy over hyperbolic action) but applied to another would-be cliché. not a wasted moment, and maybe some of the most exciting UI-to-film editing i've ever seen. good movie to hoot and holler at.