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Godzilla Minus One (2023)

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2024 4:23 am    Post subject: Godzilla Minus One (2023) Reply with quote

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I don't see a topic for this, so I thought I'd start one.

This an astonishingly good film. Instead of a monster in search of a story it's a good story that features a giant monster. It's the closest thing in spirit to the original 1954 classic Gojira. Forget the big budget American takes on the monster; this is the real deal.

The plot, in a nutshell, concerns postwar Japan suffering a sort of national PTSD as personified by Koichi, a pilot who avoided his assigned duty as a Kamikaze, and who blames himself for the deaths of almost all the men on a fictional Pacific Island because he feared firing his landed plane's weapons on a local dinosaur-like monster called Godzilla.

On returning to postwar Japan he finds everything destroyed, his parents dead, and suffers all sorts of survivor's guilt over his inaction. Then, a few years after the war, just as he starts to rebuild his life, atomic testing has mutated Godzilla into something far larger that threatens Japan itself. The arrival of the monster drives Koichi to seek redemption, alongside other former Japanese servicemen who band together to fight for a real cause as opposed to the pointless war they were part of.

Reportedly the film was made for a mere $15 million US, which is about the same budget as Everything Everywhere All at Once.

I watched it on Netflix in Japanese with English subtitles. This was the original theatrical release in color. There was also a limited release titled Godzilla Minus One/Minus Color in black and white.

The 2nd theatrical trailer is here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvSrHIX5a-0

The Minus Color trailer is here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbMziMMkGEo

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2024 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Wow, Maurice! Thanks. Very Happy

The trailer is spectacular, and I look forward to watching the movie.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2024 3:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just saw there was already a topic about this film, though the posts in it were about it coming up and not a reaction to the film. Maybe they can be merged?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2024 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The problem has been solved, Maurice. Thanks for catch the little glitch in All Sci-Fi. Very Happy

Today I learned that Godzilla Minus One won the Best FX Oscar! And also that it is available it dubbed English. The dubbing is being highly praised!

I can't enjoy dubbed movies because I don't read very fast, and the "macular degeneration" effecting my right eye makes captions and subtitles hard to see.

Besides, I like to watch the faces of actors as they deliver their lines — not all that appearing/disappearing text at the bottom of the screen. Rolling Eyes

Add to this the fact the specific word in a sentence which is emphasized can determine what the speaker really means. Like this, for example.

"You think my wife loves you." (No emphasis. A simple statement.)

"You think my wife loves you." (The husband is referring to the fact that the listener is the only one who believes his claim.)

"You think my wife loves you." (The husband is challenging the man's baseless claim. It's just an opinion on his part, not a fact.)

"You think my wife loves you?" (The husband is surprised by who the listener thinks love him.)

"You think my wife loves you?" (The speaker firmly believes his wife cares nothing for this joker!)

If you don't speak the language of the actors, you have no idea what words they might be emphasizing to make their meaning clear! And that's part of why I don't care for subtitles.


The Godzilla Minus One English Dub Has Everyone Saying The Same Thing


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