Shin Godzilla

Shin Godzilla ★★★★½

Gojira - King of the Monsters

Shin - "new" (新), "true" (真), or "God" (神)

Exactly what you would expect from a Godzilla film directed by the one and only Hideaki Anno. While it amplifies the social commentary of the original to a maximum new level and mostly shows conferences it never loses ones attention. Especially the first half is top notch with a perfect pacing. The second half drags the film a bit. Right until after the beast mode scene this was a perfect film for me.

There never were a more realistic take on the matter. What if a giant unknown creature really emerges from the sea? How could a government deal with such a thing? It’s quite satirical and roasts (Japanese) bureaucracy. While being a Godzilla film it can be used as a metaphor for many different kind of catastrophes and how they are dealt with in the lunatic jungle of bureaucracy. Obviously the current pandemic for example.

Godzilla looks so freaking disgusting. He’s barely recognizable til his last form. The godlike existence of the King of the Monsters is also an interesting aspect of the film and the very last image is simply breathtaking. He is a pure force of nature. There is no stopping what’s coming. He is the unstoppable fate of humanity. He is God. How could humans possibly stand a chance?

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The music is so damn good. Combining Akira Ifukube’s iconic themes and beautiful new arrangements by Shiro Sagisu like: Persecution of the Masses and Who will know (Tragedy) GOOSEBUMPS!

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