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Chaos for one

Godzilla Minus One movie review
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Taiyler Stanfield

Seven years after Shin Godzilla, Toho is back for another Godzilla movie, this time in Godzilla Minus One.

During the final days of World War II, a failed kamikaze pilot, Kōichi Shikishima, discovers the mythical Godzilla on Odo island. After the encounter with Godzilla, Koichi returns to Tokyo but later discovers that Godzilla is heading there as well. Now Koichi has to relive past nightmares to fight Godzilla. 

What makes Godzilla Minus One so captivating is that the characters are introduced in a way that makes moviegoers care for them as if they were their friends. When characters do die, the emotional response of the other characters makes us cry for them and the characters affected by the death. Similarly, in high-tense action scenes, the music and action have the audience at the edge of their seats and rooting for characters to survive the conflict. After the fighting has ended, the destruction and carnage of Godzilla Minus One is awestruck. The soundtrack seems perfect for whatever is happening. sad or happy,  helps make the emotional beats even more effective. However, the classic Godzilla theme song does make an appearance to help make Godzilla a fierce enemy. 

Godzilla Minus One in a similar manner to Shin Godzilla uses the titular character as commentary on how the Japanese Government controls the flow of information into the public. But the bigger theme is the lack of empathy the Japanese Government had towards civilians and soldiers’ lives and families. 

While most of the movie is impressive, one downfall is that in some scenes, the CGI is wonky. The new design for Godzilla, while smaller than previous counterparts, does manage to be more aggressive and imposing, which makes up for that negative. 

Overall, Godzilla Minus One, with its use of emotional plot points and awestruck destruction, is one of the best movies in the Godzilla franchise and is overall a great movie. 

Currently, there are no announced plans for a home release of Godzilla Minus One other than a tweet from Amazon Prime Video hinting towards a release on their streaming service. 

5 stars out of 5 (David Villegas)
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David Villegas, Reporter
David Villegas is a new member to the Uncaged Family this year. David is planning to attend college for a Computer Science degree and to work in the tech industry. David spends his free time watching movies, playing video games, reading comic books and learning the history behind them. He also participates in NHS and the robotics club.
Taiyler Stanfield, Editor In Chief
Taiyler Stanfield joined Uncaged halfway through her junior year and is an Editor-in-Chief this year. When she’s not yelling at students to do their work or editing articles for hours at a time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family. After graduating, Taiyler plans to quit her full-time job Tokyo-drifting on the way to school to attend Eastern Michigan University, where she will pursue a degree in Young Adult Literature to become an editor for a publishing company. If all hope is lost, Taiyler will instead pursue screenwriting in hopes that one day she will make the big bucks and win an Oscar for the blood, sweat, and tears she shed. You will occasionally hear Taiyler desiring to have at least five cats, as she is dangerously obsessed with them. Because of this obsession, it is with 100% certainty that she will become the neighborhood's crazy cat lady.
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