Shin Godzilla

Shin Godzilla ★★★★

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Such a knowing homage to the original '54 movie. Such a relevant contemporary political allegory and satire. The shots of the bureaucrats at times feel like a Busby Berkeley dance or an early Billy Wilder scene. They collectively become the hero with a full character arc. As a fan of the original, many of the Creature Feature flicks from the 60s and 70s and of the new crop of monster/god movies (Godzilla (2014) and Kong: Skull Island, Shin Godzilla might be my favorite. It brings a completely fresh approach to the series while discovering the thrill and terror of a giant radioactive monster imposing on the real world. Our world. The "American envoy" character was laughable, but adorable as she in no way evokes a 2nd generation Japanese American. But it's a movie and "per-son-al service!!! Otherwise the motivations of the characters and the stratagem spelled out by the script do nothing to lessen our suspension of disbelief. It's riveting. Hollywood should really examine this movie and take notes and not make another disaster movie that brings broken families back together or re-establishes bonds between dad and son. Disasters create a million stories, don't just tell one (right Cloverfield?)

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