Ever wonder what a Godzilla movie written and directed by Armando Iannucci would be like? Well, wonder no more. Shin Godzilla is the film for you.
Shin Godzilla translates into English as “Lower Leg Godzilla,” which is odd, considering that during its North American theatrical run, it was billed as Godzilla: Resurgence, which is an misleading title for an origin story. How could he resurge if he never surged before? I guess the title got lost in translation. At least it wasn’t called Spicy Larry.
Shin Godzilla was directed by Hideaki Anno, and codirected by Shinji Higuchi. The former is known for Neon Genesis Evangelion, and latter for Attack on Titan. So how did they end up making a Godzilla movie in the style of The Thick of It and In the Loop, albeit with 100% less Peter Capaldi? I have no idea. There isn’t any behind the scenes features on the Blu-ray, and I’m far too lazy to Google it. All I know is an that I’m glad they did.
The genius of Shin Godzilla is that it’s, modern, yet retains the charm of the classic films. This is not Haruo Nakajima in a rubber suit, but Godzilla does have giant, bug eyes that never blink. Ever. Then again, maybe Shin Godzilla is more like the Russ Meyer version of the King of the Monsters. I’d pay to see that.