Shin Godzilla (2016) Review

This is the best Godzilla movie I’ve ever seen. Period. It’s a return to form for the franchise. The titan was presented in a surprising and unconventional way. Instead of having giant reptilian scales, the exterior of the creature is rocky and volcanic. It was very alien and reminded me of John Carpenter’s The Thing from 1982.

Can you say destruction? I haven’t seen a first-person perspective of a monster attack since Cloverfield. It felt like I witnessed a natural disaster coupled with an aerial assault on civilians. Godzilla was ruthless in its rampage, obliterating everything in sight. This wasn’t a mindless beast, this version has a semblance of intelligence.

It evolved as the film progressed to cause even more devastation. This put a time table on the humans developing a counter attack. There was opposition on all sides, economically and politically. Seeing the people of Japan at the mercy of other world governments was an intriguing arc. Unlike its American counterpart, I cared about what happened to the people in this movie. Shin Godzilla, as the name suggests is a true god. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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