Shin Godzilla

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

THIS is how Godzilla re­ally should have been done.

A strange crea­ture emerges from the sea, ter­ri­fy­ing civil­ians and forc­ing the Ja­panese gov­ern­ment into ac­tion. How­ever, cabi­net mem­ber Yaguchi (Hasegawa) is un­con­vinced that their plan will suc­ceed.

Sure enough, the mon­ster evolves at a rapid rate, lead­ing to Yaguchi be­ing placed in charge of a team of sci­en­tists and mil­i­tary ex­perts in or­der to find a way to take out the mon­ster, known as Go­jira.

Ja­pan also ac­cepts the help of the US gov­ern­ment, rep­re­sented by Kayoko Ann Pat­ter­son (Ishi­hara).

The film is an un­con­ven­tional mon­ster movie, as it is not an ac­tion­packed thriller. Most of it takes place in meet­ing rooms, with peo­ple dis­cussing what to do about Go­jira.

But, once the ac­tion takes place, it is glo­ri­ous in its de­struc­tive­ness. This Go­jira has its own unique brand of spe­cial pow­ers, and the first time it uses them will take your breath away.

The act­ing is pretty good, es­pe­cially Hasegawa. Still, I find Ishi­hara’s per­for­mance as the ‘Amer­i­can’ jar­ring.

The only down­side is the in­con­sis­tent de­sign of Go­jira, who goes from a rub­ber pup­pet to a stiff me­chan­i­cal doll to a CGI crea­ture.

The slow devel­op­ment of the story might bother some, but this will be a joy to watch for hard­core Go­jira/Godzilla fans. – Anansa Ja­cob Pat­ter­son

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