Shin Godzilla (2016) (Movie Review)
Directed By: Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi
Starring: Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara
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An unknown accident occurs in Tokyo Bay’s Aqua Line, which causes an emergency cabinet to assemble. All of the sudden, a giant creature immediately appears, destroying town after town with its landing reaching the capital. This mysterious giant monster is named “Godzilla”.
Shin Godzilla is the first Toho-produced Godzilla film in 12 years since Godzilla: Final Wars in 2014. It is also a total reboot ignoring every Godzilla before, including the original. That being said I feel I should note that I’m not THAT big of a Godzilla fan. I have a lot of the movies and I’m always open to seeing them but I’ve never found one that didn’t semi-bore me. Shin Godzilla has some slow spots but it at least seems to have more interesting stuff going on on-screen for the most part. I think this Godzilla looks really creepy and it helps. I’m not a fan of its eyes in this movie, as they resemble the googly eye’s you use to see glued on to stuffed animals, but the rest is good. The political side of things is something I probably could have done without. I think I’d have rather seen a Cloverfield level giant monster movie with us following people caught in the mix rather than spending time with government folks but I guess this was needed so we could understand the science behind this Godzilla. This is a version that seems to adapt to its surrounds and evolve. I suppose that is info we needed and outside the long takes of government people talking and the politics that come with it, I tend to have had my most fun with it when the action was going on.
I won’t spoil this one obviously but the ending of this one opens up more than a few different directions it could go in for future movies if they decide to drag out Godzilla for more movies down the road. Honestly, most of us from the western side of the globe just want to see Godzilla do cool things and wreck stuff. If they can keep the in between interesting all will be good. This one keeps the in between better than a lot of other Godzilla movies I’ve seen has. Because of that, I can see truer Godzilla fans praising this one as being one of the better films in the long-running franchise. I can also see some people being a bit more mixed due to the scenes that drag on a bit longer than they should have and are a bit more confusing than they should have been. All in all, I liked Shin Godzilla enough. I didn’t love it, but I can understand why some Godzilla fans might. I will say this much, I found it to be a lot more entertaining than the more recent American Godzilla movie everyone seemed to enjoy much more than I did.