It’s a good time to be a Godzilla fan:
- Criterion Collection releases of most of the Showa-era Godzilla films are likely (link opens in a separate tab/window);
- The Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters anime is doing well and is coming to Netflix in 2018;
- Godzilla – King of the Monsters is coming to cinemas in 2019. I’m sure it’ll be tremendously worthy instead of taking its direction from Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, but as long as the kaiju action is immense I’m sure I won’t mind.
- Shin Godzilla is finally out in the UK. Finally!
It’s a deeply political film with a dark satirical sense of humour. The government handles the discovery of a giant creature by calling for a unified initial response, followed by task forces being set up, advisories being issued, meetings moving from room to room, press conferences being held and red tape ensuring that nothing actually gets done…
While the government continues to discuss its options, and the creature continues to evolve and make its way across Tokyo, a renegade force of “lone wolves, nerds, troublemakers, outcasts, academic heretics and general pains-in-the-bureaucracy” assembles to find solutions to the problem.
The old guard decide on an unrestricted military assault in order to stop the creature, now dubbed Godzilla, and when that fails the decision is taken to up the ante significantly. The renegades, meanwhile, pool their resources into understanding how Godzilla works in order to find a way to stop it before Armageddon is unleashed.
I don’t want to give too much away, but I can say this is the most powerful Godzilla yet. Its immense power, however, is also its weakness.
Shin Godzilla is a pretty unique addition to the series and features a great cast, destruction on a truly massive scale, scenes that pay homage to the original Gojira, and ends with a jaw-dropping final shot.
The UK Blu-ray release is on two discs. Disc one contains the original Japanese language version of the film. Disc two contains an English language dub, plus 67 minutes of extras that showcase the CGI, practical effects and motion capture, along with a few scenes that didn’t make the final film.
It may have taken a while to get to these shores, but it was worth the wait!