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Godzilla Minus One (2023)

Godzilla Minus One (2023)

A more story-driven Godzilla movie with a lot heart

The Very Best

8.0

Movie

Japan
English, Japanese
Action, Horror, Science Fiction
2023
TAKASHI YAMAZAKI
Akio Nakadai, Eisuke Sasai, Etsuji Harada
125 min

TLDR

Godzilla keeps growing like my anxiety.

What it's about

Fresh off World War II, Japan is hit by the destruction of a seemingly invincible Godzilla.

The take

The film starts with an atmosphere of almost peaceful defeat. We see a rather stealthy Godzilla, but it doesn’t last long until we’re back to regular programming with the metal-chewing monster. Time spent without Godzilla is spent on people trying to be heroes, armed with admirable optimism. The many scenes of wreckage turn this into a very human story about shared trauma. Godzilla vs other kaiju is usually an easy sell, but Godzilla vs people is a hard story to root for, just because of how unbalanced it gets. But the film finds a way to make it work—the final battle is epic, packed with a lot of heart and preparation.

What stands out

There's nothing scarier than seeing the spikes near the water surface.

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