By Oscar Martines
If there was ever a movie to recommend before the end of 2023, “Godzilla Minus One” would certainly take that spot.
As Godzilla celebrates its upcoming 70th anniversary, it’s no surprise that a few movie productions would take place to display the legacy that the King of the Monsters has presented ever since its inception in 1954.
With the upcoming “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” set to premiere in 2024, Toho Studios took it upon themselves to remind audiences why Japanese productions can deliver high-quality storytelling when it comes to Godzilla.
In “Godzilla Minus One,” a so-called Kamikaze pilot witnesses a horrendous scene as survivor’s guilt gets the best of him, preventing a heroic effort from saving his crew from the wrath of Godzilla, who is presented as a much smaller creature compared to the monster he would become later in the film.
The soldier must now come to terms with what he has done while also discovering that the threatening monster he saw years ago has now transformed into an indestructible giant that threatens the livelihood of the Japanese folk.
Although Japan has had to overcome the chilling aftermath of WWII, the citizens realize that an even larger opponent has arrived to destroy their way of life.
Toho Studios does an excellent job at returning Godzilla to its post-war roots and presenting it as the destructive monster he has always been shown to truly be.
As opposed to the multiple American remakes that have failed to make Godzilla a serious threat, the Japanese production did their best to remind audiences that Godzilla is a creature that should be feared rather than a protector of the universe.
Godzilla is displayed as a freak of nature that causes chaos without any motives other than destroying anything that stands in its way.
One of the biggest standouts of the film was the amazing composition that made you feel what was going on at certain points of the film.
From the dramatic introduction of Godzilla to the devastating torture than the main protagonist endures in his life, the composition plays at just the correct tempo to embarks the audience in a wave of different emotions.
The film also demonstrated that not every Godzilla film needs a large amount of CGI or action taking place.
The production evens out the story that’s taking place when Godzilla isn’t present and the lurking danger that Godzilla presents when the time comes for him to grace the big screen.
Future Godzilla films will have a tough time reaching the high standards that “Godzilla Minus One” has reached, and it could be a while before a masterpiece can revitalize what Godzilla truly is as this film does.