Shin Godzilla ★★★★½

I propose UN sanctions against the U.S. making any more Godzilla flicks...

Let's keep this a Japanese property. They have the sensibilities to do it true justice... It was the Japanese cultural experience in the '40's that led to this property in the first place. And, It was Gojira's original cinematic appearance (1954) that reflected the hopes and fears of Japanese culture and influenced the perspectives of Japanese cinema for years to come.

I really couldn't help but feel like many of the events that took place in this film were actually a metaphor for the entire Godzilla cinematic franchise... among other more important things (you know, like the nuclear arms race...). I think the American bombers attempting to stop the monster was a stand in for Gareth Edwards underwhelming attempt at the franchise in 2014... At first it was "Way to go, U.S.A...." Then, inevitably, cheers of excitement quickly diluted when we discover that this valiant effort turned out to be just as much of a failure as Roland Emmerich's 1998 stab at the property...

I may be reading a bit too much into this... But that's what I do. Even if you don't care about the symbolic nature of this beast and what it means to Japanese culture, this film stands on its own two feet.. (just like Gojira). On all cinematic technical levels, this turned out to be the best the franchise has offered us, Japanese or American. It it gives us a lot to be hopeful for in the years of cinematic incarnations to come.