50% small scale slow burn pastoral character piece, 50% brutal, surreal, richly multifaceted allegory. It feels very appropriate that this will probably my final theater visit this year because (as deeply personal it is) it also comes across as the ultimate encapsulation of the recurring themes in this year's major releases. Something between the elder statesmen making their final statements and covid giving the world a taste of End Times, I guess.
The first half of the movie, culminating with the spectacular sequence of destruction of Ginza (black rain!) is pretty good, mining the post-war setting of the film for all its worth and peeking down some rather interesting, uncomfortable avenues with its characters dealing with the harsh existence in the ruins of Tokyo and trauma from the war. It's all you can ask for from a fun conventional monster movie, generating strong investment in the human characters while showcasing Godzilla as…
As long as I give it what it wants, I'm sure it will remember me.
Uh, yeah, this one did not age at all.
Ok, fine, stylistically and formally, it has aged very much - mid-00's anime is written over its every frame, which, take it or leave it, only adds to the charm for me, but I wouldn't blame anyone for not responding to it positively, particulary to the more antiquated goofs and artistic elements. More importantly though, the…