Parents' Guide to

Shin Godzilla

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Exciting monster movie has satirical edge, threat, violence.

Movie NR 2016 120 minutes
Shin Godzilla movie poster: a gigantic lizard monster in silhouette on a red background.

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Good movie to watch with the kids, bad cgi so not violent. Movie in japanese so kids wont understand. Red paint falls in a tunnel after godzilla arrives and what was the red paint doing in godzilla's throat. Watched with my 1st grade class. Good movie. It is filled with people changing rooms to fill up the time. A scary scene with old man at a table who talks about saving is people but not violent.

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This 2016 Godzilla reboot is equally serious and hilarious. Shin Godzilla is thrilling and moving, and features what might be the most monstrous Godzilla in the big guy's eight-decade history. Within the film, writer-director Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) focuses on the boardroom bureaucracy that occurs in a democracy during times of crisis. These satirical scenes are funny but the band of underdogs that save the day suggests Anno feels that change is needed in a world where nuclear and environmental disaster remain threats. The movie's cast of Japanese A-listers lifts an already strong idea to create a touching, inspirational, and downright thrilling 21st-century monster movie.

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