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    Our boy Steve sometimes forgets to check his copy. Unfortunately, it sounds like it might [not] be a phenomenal film was clearly what he intended to say.
     
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    I thought for a sec he might be some weird monster film masochist who could only truly enjoyed bad monster movies :lol: Though, those are sometimes good, too.
     
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    Hahaha, sorry, needed more coffee in me whilst typing. Let me correct that,
    EDIT: Haha, nevermind, I see David already beat me to the correction. You do know me so well, old friend. :dam:
     
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    I don't understand why the writer who is living in Japan decided to use the film title Godzilla Resurgence? It's called Shin Godzilla in Japan. And for the U.S. the title was Godzilla Resurgence, but have since officially changed back to Shin Godzilla. International releases are still using Godzilla Resurgence but that may change.

    I know a few Godzilla fans that were in Japan to go watch the film and they appear to enjoy it. There seems to be a mix bag reviews simply because they are not native Japanese speakers and did not fully understand the dialogue. But they all do agree this film was not meant for children. But overall the majority enjoy it. The Shin Godzilla title fits nicely considering this is not your normal Godzilla that everyone is familiar with and not simply because of it's look. I won't spoil that part. But there are reviews.
     
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    Kotaku is meant for US audiences, so he probably used the American name (I know it might change) just for those who knew of it's coming but didn't know it's Japanese title.

    I am bummed that I left from my trip to Japan a week before this came out though. :/
     
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    SHIN GODZILLA Movie Review (Spoiler-Free!)

    This review from enthusiastic teenage Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum details the visual aesthetic and design choices more than anything else, and since it got me pumped up again, I thought I should share -
     
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    I wanted to post this in a general Godzilla discussion, but as there seems to be a lot of misc threads rather than a general one, might as well just throw it here for now (and I will connect to it below). Anyhow, just saw this the other day and thought it was interesting reflection. A size comparison of the original Godzilla [at his actually very impressive 50 metres] set against modern Tokyo's metropolis:


    From 吉野 忍 (@FUKUBLOG) over on twitter.

    Also, in a related infographic, I think it is important that the takeaway message from this size chart is that it makes clear just how much GINO is exactly that.


    From GMAN (@GMANonScified) over on twitter.
     
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    Did anyone else catch the American showings that started in theaters tonight? I just got back from a showing this evening and really enjoyed the movie. I was pleasantly surprised to see even in my relatively small city that we had a fairly full theater. I'll post a couple of my thoughts in spoiler tags in case people don't want details:

    Strangely enough I really enjoyed the focus on the government bureaucracy coming up with solutions to an unthinkable problem. For a movie that was probably 75% people in conference rooms I enjoyed every minute of it! As for Godzilla itself, it was interesting to see its evolution throughout the film. I felt that the scenes where Godzilla unleashed its strongest attacks were really effective at portraying pure destruction on a huge scale. It'll be interesting to see if this movie leads to a new series or if it'll be more of a standalone. The ending seemed to leave things open to something in the future.

    As a fan of Evangelion it was fun to hear some of the music from the series in the movie, as well as the focus on massive amounts of military equipment from tanks to helicopters to bombers. Some of the army scenes with all of the tanks lined up looked like they could have been right out of the anime.
     
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    I hated it. I hated it oh so much...This sums up my feelings in gif form.

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    Just saw it last night and enjoyed it very much. It was way more packed than any theater in Carson should be,
    but everyone seemed to enjoy it as well. True Godzilla is in less than 30% of the movie but the whole response
    a government would have I felt was spot on and very interesting to show. Loved the Godzilla design, great new
    take on a modern Goji. I can see why some people didn't like it, make your own decision though.
     
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    My disjointed, incomplete, mostly-bulleted review of Godzilla vs. the Politics Monster...

    I don’t think I’ve watched a Japanese film that’s affected me this much since Battle Royale. I saw it two nights in a row and I am trying to figure out how I can see it a third time before it leaves theaters. Thoughts:

    - As I mentioned elsewhere, I think the best serious Godzilla films are when he is presented as an allegory instead of a clearly-defined hero or villain. Anno is certainly evoking the 2011 Fukushima quake, but he goes further by asking whether Japan is capable of reexamining itself and accomplishing something greater in the face of adversity, something more than just simply surviving.

    - The tone of the film effectively shifts from black comedy to stark tragedy after the first act. Like the monster itself, it mutates from something creepy and goofy into something nightmarish. Some gags do manage to persist throughout, like recurring references to “the Yaguchi plan” and Kayoko’s flippant attitude. I cracked up when she was sliding those papers across the table, a very rude thing to do in Japan.

    - The pacing of the dialogue is insane, stacking and packing lines like an endless tower of LEGO bricks. I felt fortunate we sat in rows where I was able to see both rows of subtitles, although during the second viewing I understood I didn’t have to pay as much attention to the ones at the top. (Yes, Anno, we know, you love your military hardware, but I’m not sure that knowing an RGM-109C cruise missile was just launched adds anything to the storytelling.)

    - Also liked the added twist that Godzilla isn’t just reintroducing a radioactive threat to Tokyo on his own, but that his presence there ensures that mankind is going to finish the job by unleashing total nuclear destruction.

    - With the exception of a couple of awkward brief shots, I was very impressed with the quality of the CGI, establishing a “rubbery and realistic” style for the monster. When Godzilla’s second form is crawling up the canal, the wiggliness of the spines on the back gave it a “man in suit” quality that worked very well. From what I could tell, the few shots that utilized the puppet head were enhanced with some effects, but they didn’t go overboard.

    - I think it’s notable that the JSDF/USAF’s modern military hardware has no effect in deterring Goji’s progress, but the final plan to deliver his chemical smoothie relies on the deployment of commuter trains and construction rigs. And none of it is possible without the tireless efforts of civilian chemical engineers and truckers. Three cheers for the common people of Japan and their vehicles!

    - And three cheers for the otaku! The common people do the legwork, but the brains of the operation are Yaguchi’s crew of lovable unwashed marginalized misfits. These are Anno’s people, let’s give them their moment in the sun before they return to their parents’ basements.

    - The soundtrack is fantastic, blending Godzilla, Evangelion, and original music effectively, but “Who Will Know” is the centerpiece and has been running on a loop in my head for days. The scene where Godzilla retaliates at the B-2s elevates it to the level of visual poetry by this piece, something I’ve only seen Anno accomplish through animation. (The emotion of this scene for me was marred only by the listless delivery of “It’s payback time.” Please fix this for the Special Edition, Anno-san.)

    - Okay, time to complain about something. Sorry, Ms. Ishihara, your language skills did not cut it. Wish they could have found an actress with more convincing English. Also, aspects of some scenes were made unintentionally silly by the deadpan gaijin-just-pulled-out-of-a-bar delivery we’re used to in Toho films, but what can you do? (“It’s payback time,” I’m looking at you.)

    - Godzilla is described as an “extremophile,” a term used for some sea creatures that have adapted to life around volcanic vents on the ocean floor. His second form (the first one we see) looks a lot like a moray eel, complete with round, unblinking eyes and needle-like teeth. Perhaps a moray was one of the first things the initial form encountered on the sea bottom? The fourth form retains those teeth and eyes but the skin looks like an undersea lava tube. Very creepy and cool.

    I can understand the complaints from people that didn’t like this, it doesn’t follow the structure of the Showa or Heisei Godzilla movies, or make even slight references to them. I loved it unconditionally, though, and I put this up there with the original 1954 film and 2001’s Godzilla/Mothra/King Ghidorah movie. I’ll definitely be adding this to my digital library (legitimately) once it gets released that way.
     
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    i loved shin godzilla! i was a bit apprehensive about goji's look from the first trailer, but i gotta say he looked amazing on the big screen. the story was total '54, just current, and it worked perfectly. the effects, holy shit, so cool!
    really wish i had seen it a second time.
    looking forward to purchasing it once it's out.
     
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    Fucking loved it! Definitely going to grab a physical copy once I'ts available.
     
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    It's encouraging hearing so many of y'all enjoyed it.

    I'm most excited to see this over any other movie I can think of at the moment.

    Edit: By the way, what is the official title here in America? Shin or Resurgence?
     
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    Resurgence for advertising, but Shin on the screen.

    Interesting watch. Very, uh, thorough. Reminded me of The Andromida Strain.
     
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    Thanks, Wavy Davey. I guess I'll go with Resurgence then?
    Ha, well I'm not hearing an ,"I hated it", so that's somethin :D

    I'm just ready to watch it. I started off very reluctant due to the look of the New new Goji, but after reading and watching more about the story and his background (with him being an evolving ocean creature), I can accept his final appearance (for now) and am Really anxious to see the movie.
     
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    i really enjoyed the movie and the pace between office to office. the only thing i couldnt keep up with were character titles and the movies subtitles.
    but also i doesnt read goodly.
    the way they made his atomic breath was un-fucking-real. i almost fought the guy in the aisle behind me out of excitement. tbf i also enjoyed the american 2014 godzilla but without the kick-ass/olson love story.
     
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    Saw it 3 times and I love it. Also, I'm currently, hopelessly obsessed with Mikako Ichikawa, the most beautiful woman on the planet.
     
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    Haha, are you laughing at yourself, Reigun? :D I lub you, man.
     
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    Ichikawa 2020!
     
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    Indeed, laughing at myself. But for the record, I really do consider her one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen we're gettin' married. :o
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