#25: Shin Godzilla

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Review (20:40):

Released in 2016 (a full twelve years after Godzilla: Final Wars), Shin Godzilla marks the third reboot of the franchise as the eponymous lizard stomps his way across modern Japan with the Japanese government racing to stop him.  It’s a well worn plot by this point, yet the film’s almost singular focus on the tumultuous bureaucratic response to the crisis — rather than, say, around a few core characters — makes for something that feels fresh and new, while also giving writer and director Hideaki Anno ample time to take aim at the bureaucratic morass that is Japanese government.  As for Godzilla himself — courtesy of veteran VFX director Shinji Higuchi and a new design by Mahiro Maeda — probably not since his original outing in Gojira (1954) has the creature looked so terrifyingly monstrous.


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6 thoughts on “#25: Shin Godzilla”

  1. Your review missed the connection to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that resulted in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. There are references throughout: from the scope of the disaster not being accurately presented to the public, right down to the white Tyvek suits everyone is wearing outside in the beginning of the second half.

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    1. Interesting, and thanks for taking the time to listen. It’s true — though, we caught the reference to Fukushima generally — not being Japanese or as informed on the topics as we could be, tiny details and small references to those incidents were certainly lost on us.


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