Well, if nothing else, Shin Godzilla shows definitively to a western audience that’s still recovering from 2014’s Godzilla what exactly a Godzilla movie is meant to look like; For one thing, Godzilla doesn’t take an hour to show up and the plot is ridiculously straight forward.
Taking place in current day Japan strange activity in the sea leads to the appearance of Godzilla, as he comes on land and easily crushes everything in sight. And only a specialist branch of scientists can find a way to stop him before he destroys all of Japan. And that’s about it, yet despite how simplistic the plot sounds it still packs enough substance to keep you nicely entertained for an hour and a half.
That may be the crux of why western studios have failed time and time again in writing a compelling Godzilla movie, while in Japan, Godzilla has endured since the 60’s. Shin Godzilla doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not. It doesn’t pad out the narrative with lame comedy like Matthew Broderick Godzilla nor the woefully boring sub plots of 2014’s. With Shin Godzilla, less is more. After all, this is the 29th Godzilla movie produced by the legendary production company Toho. It sticks to a tried and tested formula that had worked for decades from a simplistic storyline; “Oh no it’s a giant monster. How do we kill it.”
Godzilla isn’t a man in a cheap rubber suit anymore, Digital effects on par with anything Hollywood can spew up are front and centre to make sure Godzilla looks as intimidating as possible (but conversely possibly the most intimidating he’s looked in years). But at the same time, Shin Godzilla borrows from the past frequently in particular with the score with uses the same iconic sound bites we often associate with our favourite over grown lizard, with the infamous Godzilla horns sounding off more than a handful of times.
If it isn’t broke don’t fix it right?
Shin Godzilla is on release