The King of the Monsters is going back home in Godzilla Minus One. Toho International, the OG’s behind Godzilla since 1954, is making its 33rd movie about the kaiju that somehow we love despite the fact he destroys all.
Godzilla Minus One is set smack dab in the middle of a Japan which is already at destroyed. And while they continue trying to chug along, rebuilding after Godzilla comes back for more destruction, he makes a return to once more mess them up. It’s made even worse by the fact that the Tokyo in this movie is trying to recover from a war and a crumbling economy.
With the West trying their own hand at their Monsterverse and TV show over on Apple+, there’s something undeniably original about Godzilla Minus One. It might be the new continuity timeline. Or it might be the way that the ridges on its back pop up before he uses his atomic breath. It might even be the destruction that doesn’t feel like over-the-top Hollywood antics. Whatever it is, or if it’s all of this, this movie looks like the best one in the franchise yet.
Godzilla Minus One is written and directed by Takashi Yamazaki. It stars Ryunosuke Kamiki, Minami Hamabe, Munetaka Aoki, Sakura Ando, and more. This is said to be the first movie in the franchise set as a period piece. And it follows the success of the 2016 Godzilla movie Shin Godzilla. That movie earned an estimated $78 million worldwide and was highly regarded by Japanese critics as one of the best iterations of the franchise yet.
Here’s hoping this movie follows in the steps of its predecessors.
Watch the trailer below:
Godzilla Minus One hits theaters on December 1.