October 16th, 2016


Shin Godzilla

Friday night we saw the new Godzilla movie with David V!

It's the real deal, from Toho. Every so often they decide "okay, we're done with Godzilla now," and then Hollywood makes a Godzilla movie, and Toho has to do one last one to show how to do it properly.

It was at the Alamo Drafthouse, which is way down in Littleton, but it wasn't until 9:30, so it wasn't a chore to get down there in time for dinner at a nearby restaurant. I did not get a tasty burger, because diet, but it did have a tasty salad.

The movie was good, and I recommend it! (Although it was subtitled and the dialogue flew fast and furious, so be prepared for a LOT of reading.)

It's got a hefty dose of satire about Japanese government and politics, which even as an ignorant foreigner I was able to pick up on the humor in. And once Godzilla shows up, it actually manages make him genuinely scary, and to convey the wrenching distress of a large-scale disaster.

I thought the cinematography was really interesting. In the same way that manga has a much higher percentage of environmental mood-establishing panels, the movie had many more non-action shots than you'd see in a western film. There were also a bunch of Hollywood tropes that were refreshingly absent.

Go see it in the theaters if you get a chance, or wherever you can if not.