Shin Godzilla (aka Godzilla Resurgence) movie review: big in Japan

MaryAnn’s quick take… Toho’s reboot of its most famous kaiju is, amidst intense monster action, a bitter satire on bureaucracy and a cautionary tale about humanity’s collective folly. I’m “biast” (pro): love a good monster movie

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

This is unprecedented!” a government functionary announces as a hideous giant sea monster is crawling through Tokyo and wreaking unspeakable damage. But is it? Well, yes: with Shin Godzilla — aka Shin Gojira, aka Godzilla Resurgence — legendary Japanese studio Toho fully reboots its most famous monster. In the world of this movie, Tokyo has never before seen a kaiju attack. (Nor, it would seem, has anywhere else on the planet.) In the world of kaiju movies, we’ve never seen anything quite like this: there are no subplots, no romance, no distraction of any kind from the disaster at hand.

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