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Shin Godzilla is an incredible movie made by someone who understands Godzilla.
The story itself is somewhat simaller to the original 1954 classic in that it is about a nuclear powered monster rampaging japan. However, the movie decides to tell the story from a fresh perspective, It isn't connected to the 1954 Godzilla movie.
While it references the bombing in the 50's, it doesn't have this be a complete sequal and instead makes this movie it's own thing. It isn't copying the movie beat for beat either. It instead shows us how japan would handle the attack from Godzilla in modern times and works brilliantly. The scenes where people trying to figure out what is going on is well paced in the movie and extremely interesting.
It is incredably critical of beauracies but does it in a way that is subtle and nowhere near as pandering as it could have been ( i'm looking at you Princess Monanokee and Howl's Moving Castle). Characters like the Prime Minister make choices that while dumb or bad make sense in the situation. They paint all sides in an even light which has been lacking lately.
The acting is incredable as well. I do request that you watch the subtitled version of this movie as will make more sense in certain scenes and adds a more realistic touch to this movie.
The effects are just incredable. Godzilla is both a guy in a suit and CG and they blend both perfectly. They used the CG as an enchancement and not as a crutch ( I am looking at you , Slender Man 2018). The camera work is absolutely perfect and gives a sense of epic scale. The music is gorgeously composed and perfectly fits with the scenes they are placed in.
I can not recommend this movie enough. You need to see this movie as soon as possible. This is what remakes should be like (looking at you Black Christmas 2006 and Psycho 1998)