THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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SHIN GODZILLA (2016)

#184 is Japan's latest Godzilla movie, Shin Godzilla, and this strikes me as the oddest Godzilla ever. Alluding back to the alleged slow and confused government responses to the 2011 Tohoko earthquake and tsunami as well as the Fukushima disaster, when Godzilla first turns up in Tokyo Bay, the government immediately goes into meetings. Many meetings. What to do, what to do? They also need to switch meeting places to a chamber where official votes can be taken. And of cou...rse there are press conferences where the prime minister assures everyone that Godzilla cannot make landfall (he does). And all of the politicians are concerned by their public images (one character aspires to be prime minister in ten years). The scenes where a four-legged Godzilla drags his ass through buildings with water flowing behind him from the bay is eerily reminiscent of the real-life tsunami pictures we all remember. Director Hideoaki Anno really punishes the Japanese government for their real-life inactions by showing bureaucracy at its worst when faced with Godzilla. But it makes this film three-quarters boring as watching red tape snag their efforts also catches this film in its grip. When they finally deal with the threat, there is some life but it takes a LOOOONG time to get to that point. A little less government meetings and a little more battling the monster would have helped Shin Godzilla immensely in the entertainment department. I can't think of another film that would benefit more from judicious use of a fast-forward button.

TLA one-word review: awful