Film Review: Shin Godzilla
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Shin Godzilla, directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, was met with critical acclaim in Japan after its release there last summer. Now, with limited screenings in the UK, people can witness the succesful return of the iconic monster in what is a really fun, well made film. The film follows the Japanese government, as they try to figure out how to deal with a huge unidentified monster that, after rising from the Tokyo bay, has gone on to wreak havoc throughout the city. With the situation worsening by the minute, the government attempt to ward off destructive foreign intervention whilst trying to take down the huge invader themselves. Wasting no time whatsoever, Shin Godzilla begins almost immediately with the monster’s first attack on the city and very quickly introduces several key characters and locations. From the first minute, the film moves at a relentless pace with everything happening very quickly. This is excellent however, as a lot of the movie consists of politicians merely discussing what to do with the Godzilla problem but the speed at which these conversations move keep it from becoming boring. This fast pace can be attributed to the film's excellent editing on the part of Anno and Atsuki Sako, with no-one-shot lasting for very long before being sharply cut to the next. This helps to keep Shin Godzilla entertaining throughout, as even when people are doing nothing but talking, the speed at which we move from scene to scene keeps the film feeling exciting and intense. The film’s pace also serves to better a lot of its humour. The government’s meetings particularly in the early portion of the movies are mostly very funny with some very well written dialogue being the cause for lots of laughs. There is also humour in the sheer number of locations and characters we’re introduced to. It pokes fun at the tedious government procedures followed throughout and the joke pays off through the ridiculous number of ministers and generals that are involved come the film's end.
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