Shin Godzilla review – nice shots, shame about the monster

The latest addition to the venerable lizard-attack franchise is let down by its rather clunky big beast

The allegorical monster lizard gets a reboot and, while Tokyo remains its stamping ground, there is a new target for Godzilla’s not-so-subtle political commentary. This enjoyable but dialogue-heavy addition to the Godzilla family takes aim at the inert, top-heavy bureaucracy of Japanese government. Rigorously symmetrical static shots document the endless, unproductive official meetings; meanwhile, the team of mavericks who might just save the city are filmed with a dynamic, nervy camera. Pity that the CGI monster is a laughably ropey creation, with googly eyes and lasers shooting out of every orifice.

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Wendy Ide

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