“Godzilla Minus One” Hailed as One of the Best “Godzilla” Movies Ever

Godzilla Minus One has now arrived on U.S. shores, and for Godzilla lovers, catching the iconic kaiju on the biggest screen possible stateside is a no-brainer. Yet the reviews for the film are so positive even Godzilla agnostics might want to add the movie to their December watch list. “The result is nothing short of magical: a feast for the eyes, an entertaining epic in every sense of the word,” writes the Washington Post‘s Lucas Trevor. “Godzilla Minus One isn’t just a good Godzilla movie. It’s an excellent Godzilla movie – arguably among the best ever to grace the screen,” says ReelViews James Berardinelli.

Writer/director Takashi Yamazaki’s Godzilla Minus One is the first domestic Japanese Godzilla film in seven years, taking us back to post-war Japan as the iconic kaiju surfaces from the ocean depths to unleash holy hell on a populace still reckoning with the ravages of World War II, a nation that was “baptized in the horrific power of the atom bomb” as the film’s press materials state.

It’s a decidedly different Godzilla from the American incarnations we’ve seen in Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) and Godzilla (2014), taking us back to Godzilla’s roots as a metaphor for Japan’s postwar agony and grief while balancing the beast’s lust for carnage and destruction with a human-level story that focuses on the lives of the people beneath Godzilla’s feet.

Yamazaki is as sure as a hand as you could have hoped for to bring Godzilla back home, a brilliant VFX artist and CG animator in his own right, having worked on The Great War of Archimedes and Lupin III: The First. He’s no stranger to the king of the monsters, either; this is the third time he’s depicted the most iconic movie monster of them all, having deployed Godzilla in Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 (2007) and Godzilla the Ride (2021).

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

Let’s take a peek at what some of the critics are saying. Godzilla Minus One is in theaters now.

Featured image: “Godzilla Minus One.” Courtesy Toho.


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