Godzilla Minus One [ゴジラ-1.0] aka Gojira -1.0 is a Japanese SciFi Action film released on 3rd November 2023.

Godzilla Minus One

About

The movie was to celebrate the genre’s 70th anniversary.

“Feeling as if he unfairly cheated death too many times, Shikishima, a surviving Kamikaze pilot, is attacked on Odo Island along with many war plane engineers by a gargantuan monster. After the engineers die because of Shikishima failing to distract the monster, an overwhelming amount of guilt weighs on him, especially after a homeless woman and a baby move into his home when he returns. Shikishima, now on a personal mission, teams up with a large group of veterans to finally take down the monster known as Godzilla.”
Via IMDB

The movie cost USD15m to make, fairly cheap by today’s standards, it has made USD115m internationally as I write this.

Cast

Kamiki Ryunosuke [神木隆之介] as Shikishima Koichi
Popular actor who entered the industry at the age of 2 years old successfully transitioning into an adult actor.

Hamabe Minami [浜辺美波] as Oishi Noriko
Another child actress and despite only being 23 years old now she has quite a long resume.

Godzilla as Himself.

Review

I’m not really into Godzilla films and this is the first one I have seen all the way through to the end.

To me the Godzilla part was secondary to the film and the story would have stood up on its own if the creature had never made an actual appearance. It didn’t seem to be in a lot of scenes, I’m not sure if this is normal.

I guess the movie has to appeal to numerous age groups, enough of the monster but a good story for the adults as well.

The story was good and the actors were a brilliant selection although I had never heard of any of them. There was even humour written in, mainly from the 3 sidekicks.

The Godzilla monster seemed like a puppet rather than CGI but obviously had some computer elements in it as it regenerated.  The city destruction sets was quite brilliant for the budget they had. When the buildings or boats were being thrown they looked like models but I guess being in the style of the older Godzilla productions this was part of its charm.  Rather than creating new Godzilla roars and using older recordings kept the realism of the older productions, at least the ones that I have seen.

There is an emotional surprise at the end of the film but left me a little disappointed as the child seemed a bit left out of it.

Summary

Definitely a must watch even if you aren’t a Godzilla fan, I will give it a 4.5/5. Marks off for the end scene.