In the Kevin Smith film, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob talk about “… the internet movie site, Poop Shoot dot com”. It is where everyone can post an opinion about a film, regardless if they are qualified or not. That website is a bit like this post. I hope to write a short think-piece about a film I just saw; I saw Shin Godzilla.
I will stipulate I am no movie buff - I would like to find the time to enjoy more movies and maybe writing about them here will spur me on to watch more? I certainly am not qualified to review movies - this is, after all, just a think piece on a personal blog. I will be tagging these movie reviews with poopshoot.com so that you can keep up to date with them.
What made me watch Shin Godzilla? Well it was Jack Sincalir’s & Claire Adam’s show ‘I Watched A Movie’ on HCR. The couple went through the film and spent an hour talking about in such a lucid manner that it made me want to seek out the film and see it for myself.
A lot of the reviews I have seen, the reviews I saw on my Plex Server, said that it was a dialogue heavy film without too much monster action. But, I saw it as a film the human response to a: the disaster being Fukushima/Godzilla. And, the level of red tape needing to be cut in times of humanitarian crisis gave scope to the plot twists.
The direction was unnervingly psychological - most of the intense dialogue was headshots, emphasising the characters were in their own space, their own bubble.
The special effects were good. I have heard (on the radio) that Godzilla was CGI made to look, in parts like a man wearing a suit. I admit I have never seen a radio active monster destroy downtown Tokyo but the damage to the buildings looked credible; there was a lot of though going in to the destruction of suburban Toyo.
And then the reveal of Godzilla for the first time made him comically look like a googly eyed rubber chicken. However, by the end of the film, there was some terrifying images as Godzilla attempted to asexually spawn humanoid creatures.
There was a metaphor that to become a true destroyer of the planet the creature would need to be human.
A very enjoyable film - some annoying, over the top portrayals that pander to xenophobic national depictions but a great metaphor for the ineffective deployment of governmental bureaucracy to stem the harm done my humanity and corporate greed.