A post Fukushima monster movie. The memory of the disaster is still fresh in our minds and that makes the film even more gripping and... real. An eco-political monster movie, but highly entertaining all the same and black humour at the expense of the incompetent Abe administration. Quite interestingly, music from older Godzilla movies were used, to the greatest effect.
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.
I really hoped it was a parody with all its CSI dense senseless dialogues permeated of wannabe political consciousness. Most embarassing moments lead by the obviously beautiful US government representative of obviously japanese heritage, but seriously every character made their best to compete. Maybe there was also a monster somewhere in the non-plot, but I'm not really sure I remember how it looked.
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.
So what would happen if Godzilla were real? We all would be fucked! Anno imprints his style all over this picture and that's a good thing since he gives fresh air to an old franchise and a genre but at the same time it still feels like a natural part of the character's legacy.