Shin Godzilla

Shin Godzilla ★★★½

Maybe only Anno could have made something so weirdly modern, a simultaneously sincere and completely absurd anti-kaiju that begins as a nightmare bureaucratic comedy of errors then pivots to fully embrace a collectivist Japanese spirit of ingenuity, all of it a reflection of the country's psychic fallout from Fukushima. And that's setting aside the terrific CG version of suit-mation (I know, I'm as surprised as you are). Not necessarily the most exciting movie, but certainly one of the most fascinating and engaged films in the long history of this series.

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