cloverfan98 wrote:I wished we got scenes like in 54 where we SEE people get trampled, burned, and actually killed. Morbid I know but the tone of this movie fits this and we only see a family directly die from Godzilla's rampage. I love the scene where Tokyo is nuked but the city just feels empty to me. I don't feel like anyone dies. I know the Prime Minister's chopper is shot down, but we needed to SEE his reaction. Just my two cents to this.
is more of an intellectual exercise than an emotion-driven story. That works to its benefit in terms of being able to lay out its themes and concepts clearly, but it does cut down a bit on audience engagement and a sense of stakes.
is definitely a more intellectual film (to use that phrase as juxtaposition against an "emotional" film) than '54, but even two years later, I remain with cloverfan98: It's not to its benefit.
Much of the film's drama revolves around a sense of dilemma and urgency its disaster imagery never quite offers. It can sound cruel to wish for more civilian causalities on screen, especially in the light of the real-world disasters it draws from, and yet--'54 did exactly that, and remains powerful for it. Shin
works, but it can feel a bit sterile. I want to feel Yaguchi's predicament, in terms of the risks and the losses, rather than simply be told about it and presented flashy disaster imagery in an empty-feeling city.
This isn't to say the film suffers enormously for it. It just remains one of its weaker elements.