When I was a kid, growing up in the 1990s, I remember looking forward to going to the video store. Specifically, I recall wanting to go to the science-fiction section in the back. I would run past the new releases – the romances, the comedies, the action flicks – because young me was focused. Young me wanted to see what new Godzilla movies had come in.
Quick clarification: I am not talking about the 1956 film starring Raymond Burr (Godzilla: King of the Monsters).
Every now and then, Toho Pictures astounds with a Godzilla movie that is more than the standard giant monster mash. The studio can, at times, infuse realism, cultural commentary, and political consequence into something as “silly” as kaiju. Shin Godzilla, which is currently enjoying a limited run in the United States, is one of those times.