in about 100 words or less
Japan 118m, Colour
Director: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi; Cast: Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara
Shin Godzilla is the latest reboot of the Godzilla franchise, and the 31st movie featuring the legendary lizard god. As an origin film, this is perhaps the best installment since Gojira (1954), and serves as the original did, as a metaphor for nuclear disaster. Interestingly, the film also provides a commentary on the use of Japanese self-defense forces and the political ties between the United States and its military. Likewise, the movie unexpectedly delves into disaster planning and response procedures, and considers the impact on not only the lives of its citizens, but on the economic and political fallout of Godzilla’s attack. Despite these subplots, there is plenty of mayhem and destruction for traditional monster fans (Klaus Ming March 2017).