Godzilla Minus One: One of the Best in the 75 Year Franchise, Needs to be See on the Biggest Screen Possible

‘Godzilla Minus One’: “See It on the Biggest Screen Possible”

Hitting theaters in the U.S. on Dec. 1, the kaiju feature is  hailed as among the best of the iconic franchise’s 70-year history.

Godzilla Minus One is an artfully made throwback to kaiju classics and one of the most emotionally touching Godzilla movies.

Godzilla Minus One, the 37th film in Japan’s long-running giant monster movie franchise, hits U.S. theaters today, December 1.

Written and directed by acclaimed CG animator and VFX artist Takashi Yamazaki, Godzilla Minus One is a period film that takes the giant Kaiju back to his roots, showing the creature emerging just as Japan is struggling to recover from the ravages of World War 2.

It stars Ryunosuke Kamiki, Minami Hamabe, Yuki Yamada, Munetaka Aoki, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Sakura Ando, and Kuranosuke Sasaki.

The new film’s release coincides with the 70th anniversary of the iconic monster franchise, which began with Toho Studio’s Godzilla in 1954.

The first fully Japanese-made title in the series since 2016, Godzilla Minus One was released in Japan on November 3 and already has earned over $20 million there.

Critics have unanimously praised the film for its remarkable visual mileage Yamazaki got out of the project’s relatively small budget, as well as the story’s moving human drama.

It was produced for a mere $15 million, less than 10 percent of the budget for Legendary’s last Monsterverse entry, Godzilla Vs. Kong, makes intelligent use of period sets and drone shots.

As of Thursday night, the film’s Rotten Tomatoes score clocked in at 98 percent, with the consensus summed up as: “With engaging human stories anchoring the action, Godzilla Minus One is one kaiju movie that remains compelling between the scenes of mass destruction.”

There’s a shot of a giant warship flying across the screen like a piece of kindling is truly impressive.

Godzilla Minus One seems to be earning especially favorable comparisons to Hollywood’s recent output of franchise sequels, including both superhero bombs, as well as actual hits.

The film balances concise and creative action with emotionally resonant characters.
ThenAmerican attempts at a thrilling Godzilla movies have been a hit and miss story. Some like Godzilla, i 2014, and Godzilla vs. Kong in 2021, have been passable; others were and lots of lows (virtually everything else, including Apple TV+’s current Monarch: Legacy of Monsters). Not so, however, in his homeland. As
The Toho Studios’ new Godzilla Minus One again demonstrates that the Japanese know how to make the iconic radioactive behemoth both thrilling in then technical sense of the term and relevant in its socio-political implications, with ever being a senseless mass entertainment or an ideologically message picture.