Today’s generation may not understand the impact that creatures like Godzilla, King Kong, Mothra and the sort has on their parents lives. When it came to the Saturday matinees or the late night movies these were the kings (or queens) of their respective fields. Godzilla has had numerous meaningless reincarnations and finally the emperor of all monsters get’s it due. An ageless tale mixed with new world flair is what’s in store for SHIN GODZILLA. Shinji Higuchi and Hideaki Anno make the ultimate remake to the Godzilla legacy with all the flair that has been lost from recent versions.
From the moment the film starts you are plunged into the Japanese government hiercharchy. Each level has a distinct job and orders and commands are passed around like notes between girls and boys in some nineties sitcom about high school. Many of the remakes tried to provide an in depth look to how the country deals with the threat but nothing comes close to what we see here. The monster itself gets a full evolution twist which really brings out the character of the numerous scientists, doctors and nerds that must defeat the problem. The underlying hints of foreign policy also provides a welcoming addition as the filmmakers weave a complicated feature into one solid conclusion. The pace of SHIN GODZILLA matches the chaos that is seen on the screen so movie watchers will get a treat from start to finish on this film.
Recall the countless lists of remakes from any genre and on one hand you can count the films that provide the essence of the original. SHIN GODZILLA does that and more. This generation has received a treat just in time for our favorite holiday as they get a precise glimpse into the beauty of what made these films timeless. Old and new should head to the theaters to see SHIN GODZILLA because it’s a perfect bridge between monster fans from all generations!
SHIN GODZILLA is directed by Shinji Higuchi and Hideaki Anno. It stars Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi and Satomi Ishihara. It is currently getting a rerun through limited theaters courtesy of FUNIMATION.