Shin Godzilla

Shin Godzilla ★★★½

This was an interesting Godzilla I thought, a sideways take on Japan's first encounter with with the 'god incarnate'. I am no expert, but I think the mutations are unique to this film. Not sure about the monster's curious power source and the ultimate solution, but it was all new to me, and I liked it.

What I liked most was what some viewers may have little patience for - the many meetings of various government agencies. I was interested in seeing the red tape that had to be negotiated before anything at all could be done about the menace. The meetings about meetings, and the continual adjourning to various other conference rooms reached a subtly comedic pitch. There was a moment or two when meetings dragged on to the point where they actually created suspense - When are you going to do something? He's out there right now! - For those who work in an office, this is uncomfortably evocative of real life.

There was limited access to daikaiju films in my small home town in the mid '70s-'80s, when I was a prime age to enjoy them. I think TBS was the channel that played them. I knew most of the big names, Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, Ghidorah, and Anguirus, but only from a few movies. I don't recall ever seeing a Gamera flick. Beyond, that, it was just Space Giants and a little Ultraman. Seeing Shin Godzilla makes me want to go on a grand tour of Toho's monster movie library, even if they just play in the background of a bunch of Sunday afternoons.

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