Godzilla Minus One

Wow! This film is an absolute masterpiece from beginning to end! Initially expecting just another mindless monster rampage through the city, I was pleasantly surprised to find a deeply engaging, character-driven historical drama that had me on the verge of tears multiple times. For the majority of the movie, Godzilla takes a backseat, allowing the story to focus on Japan’s post-WW2 struggles.

Our protagonists include a disgraced Kamikaze pilot, a woman suddenly turned caretaker for an orphaned baby, and an aircraft maintenance tech grappling with the value of individual life versus blind obedience to their country. Along their journey, they encounter a wide variety of characters also surviving the aftermath of war.

The climax unleashes the full force of Godzilla’s unstoppable destruction upon Japan. With his atomic breath resembling a massive nuclear blast, the citizens are powerless against him. Despite the reported modest budget of ~$15M, the film’s effects pay respects to the classic Toho Godzilla movies, adding an authentic touch to the experience.

In short, Godzilla Minus One is an absolute must-watch.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Godzilla Minus One

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