11 Responses to Shin Godzilla Impressions & Feedback
Saw it for the third time today. It really improves upon multiple viewings.
The movie is truly Yaguchi's story and exactly the kind of thing that appeals to current Japanese audiences right now--A younger, lower level individual rising through the ranks to change a broken system.
The strengths in this movie lie in how truly Japanese the film is--Probably the most Japanese film of the series since GMK. It's nice to see a Godzilla movie be unique again and have blatant text about its themes, ala, Godzilla '54, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Godzilla vs. Hedorah, The Return of Godzilla and GMK.
It doesn't always work from a dramatic perspective, especially the weaker last third, but it's easily one of the most thought provoking and interesting Godzilla movies in the last 30 years. I think there's only three movies I'd put on level with it since 1984.
Speaking of G84 this kind of seemed like a better version of that to me. At least the characters in any case.
I loved it. I loved every part. I loved that there were Showa Era effects. I also noticed 2 Heisei sound effects. The first being when Godzilla's Atomic Ray was at full power (when it was purple) and coming out of his mouth, it sounds like Destoroyah's Oxygen Destroyer Ray. The second being Godzilla's roar from 1984 being used right before he got frozen. I loved that movie and all it's references. I can't wait for the BluRay/DVD
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I still must see this masterpiece!
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Will have to wait for a Blu-Ray version...:(
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I saw it twice in theaters. I agree, it was a very good movie. The night scene where Godzilla unleashes all his power on Tokyo was definitely the best part of the movie.
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I was iffy the first time I saw it. I did enjoy it but I was pretty let down at some of the bad cg shots especially since those shots could have easily been done with puppets or suits. I wasn't sure how the film was gonna hold up for multiple viewing due to all the dialogue heavy scenes and the fact that I will no longer be surprised by godzillas new powers. I did see it a second time because who knows how long it'll be till we can get a region 1 DVD and in happy to say the movie was even more enjoyable the 2nd time around. The camera angles and scene cutting was great in my opinion and the music at certain points was remarkable and the older tunes struck some nostalgic chords. A great movie in the Godzilla catalogue.
I saw it.. rank it 2nd to the original.
I've seen it three times so far, and somehow my theater is still showing it until at least November 2, so I may go see it again. The first time I went to see it, which was at 7:50 on the night it opened, the theater was actually sold out, and the lobby was packed before the showing with people wearing Godzilla shirts and stuff. There was definitely a strong fan presence I was not expecting, and it made the experience really special. The second time I saw it was at 11:30 am, and the theater was still two-thirds full. The third time I saw it, the theater was only about a third full, but when I left there were lots of people with Godzilla shirts lining up for the next showing. I had heard most places were only showing the movie once a day for the limited run, but my theater has shown it at least five times a day ever since it opened.
As for the movie itself, I very much enjoyed it. I'm not ready to give it a concrete ranking or anything, because I need to wait for the honeymoon period to blow over. I will say that it is important to see it more than once to catch all of the various things going on and the nuances of the film. I'll probably end up placing it somewhere in my top 10 when it is all said and done, maybe even in my top 5. I do think it is exactly what Anno, Higuchi and company set out to make it, and I am not at all surprised at the overwhelmingly positive reception it has garnered in Japan. I think it's the perfect response to Legendary's take on the franchise, a very distinctly Japanese film that is still nonetheless very modern and high-quality that returns Godzilla in a way to his original purpose, a frightening living allegory for some kind of nuclear specter that haunts contemporary Japan. It's what I hoped to see out of Toho's return to the franchise.
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