KaijuCanuck wrote:There’s so much I love about this film, but I think my favourite pet might be actually be near the beginning when the situation starts to become more serious - the way the music (Persecution of the Masses, I think?) moves the tone from one of comedic satire to one of unfolding tragedy is honestly masterful.
^This guy right here!
I think that the movie is one of the best takes on Godzilla in a long time, not just because it goes back to the darker, scarier roots of the series, or because of the insanse action scenes--though those were certainly part of it--but because it was the most effective uses of Godzilla as a metaphor for the mistakes of both science and society in a long time.
And I agree with you, KC, the music is one of the best parts; to me, it's got some of the best music from classic Godzilla movie soundtracks and Shiro Sagisu, himself! The original pieces are what really makes the movie for me: Persecution of the Masses
sends shivers down my spine and sets the tone for tragedy, Who Will Know
is a haunting blend of horror and sorrow, and Under a Burning Sky
(which I feel doesn't get enough love) gives off a great "impending doom" feeling.
Plus, this movie won the Japanese Academy Award for Best Picture! How many kaiju movies--no, how many monster movies, of any kind, have gotten that kind of recognition? This movie is just a great example of everything I love about kaiju movies: you can have intellectual discussions on social-political issues AND giant monsters blowing stuff up with lasers.