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Movie Review: Political satire and monster mayhem collide in Shin Godzilla

People who complained about the lack of Godzilla in Gareth Edwards’ 2014 American take on the King Of The Monsters failed to understand one thing: There’s never all that much Godzilla in a Godzilla movie. He’ll show up at the beginning, sure, and at the end, and once in the middle to reveal his new power or adversary or whatever the creative team has dreamed up to differentiate this from previous Godzilla movies. The remainder frequently consists of one of these two types of scenes: either a precocious youngster in a bucket hat and shorts toddling around, oblivious to the fact that he’s smack dab in the middle of kaiju country, or scientists and bureaucrats sitting in meetings, trying to figure out how to stop the seemingly unstoppable menace.

Shin Godzilla, the 29th Godzilla film produced by Japan’s Toho Studios and the 32nd worldwide, barely has …

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