A larger-than-life return!
This Godzilla sequel marks the resurgence, after about 10 years of absence, of one of the most iconic Japanese monsters in horror history. From the photography to the special effects, it at first appears every aspect of the film has been enhanced. It is also the first Godzilla movie to feature this many Western actors in American military parts.
The legendary mutated dinosaur is finally a serious threat again. It is the closest attempt at making him scary again that we’ve been offered since the 1954 original. It is done through clever build-up and oppressing camera shots, angles and movements. This is indeed a return to simplicity and horror. While the story is nothing extraordinary on paper, the directing makes it something new, unique.
Significant effort was invested in making us see the monster and not the man in rubber. When not stretching the running time with its procedural subplot, it features impressive destructive visuals; over-sized for our viewing pleasure. It is the most vigorous installment to this day. Watch, for the first time, citizens being pulverized with believable graphic superposition. It is truly shocking.