Godzilla Minus One is a perfect blend of mature storytelling with the 50s/60s movie style.
Something many disaster/action movies get wrong is trying to incorporate too many characters and their experiences into the action. This movie puts the focus on a small group of people, and specifically one man.
The story is beautifully constructed. The characters have clear motivations and conflicts that drive their behavior. There’s never a moment that we could think a character acts inconsistently. It makes an impossible story feel plausible.
At first I wasn’t crazy about the style used for Godzilla, but it really captures the original. They made up for it with the nuclear breath.
The acting was spot on. I would say that maybe it’s a little over the top at times, but this is a different culture and a different time. When considering that it feels entirely real.
What impressed me the most was the thought-provoking themes of war and Japanese culture that were woven thoughout the story. They did a great job of keeping it present without making it feel that it was constantly being thrown in our face.
About The Peetimes: First, let me say that as a rule, we do not add Peetimes for movies with subtitles. It is crazy hard to take notes and try and read subtitles at the same time. But this movie is worth the exception. I tried to pick Peetimes that I could get what was going on without reading all of the subs. I’m going back to rewatch this with my wife this weekend and make any needed corrections. I think all of the Peetimes are pretty good. The last two are the ones that I would recommend. The 2nd Peetime isn’t bad, but there’s a big action scene that follows so if 3 1/2 minutes isn’t enough for you to make a dash then don’t chance it.
|(PG-13) Creature Violence and Action
|Action, Adventure, Drama
|Ryunosuke Kamiki, Minami Hamabe, Yuki Yamada
Post war Japan is at its low point when a new crisis emerges in the form of a giant monster.
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