Sleepy film student.
Peaks really early on with a brilliantly paced and directed sequence which recalls the boat scene in Lucio Fulci's Zombie. Like, holy shit, it was hauntingly atmospheric and seriously had me on the edge of my seat, which was refreshing given how predictable most of the Showa-era sequels got.
Regardless, while the remainder of the film doesn't quite live up to standard set by this exceptional sequence, it nevertheless delivers as it imbues Godzilla with a sense of apocalyptic gravitas…
Like all the best stories of its ilk, this feels so sincerely invested in the bizarre hyperreality it concocts that you can't help but roll with even its goofiest moments and its cheesiest melodrama.
It helps that the amount of visual creativity poured into this 48 minute package is enough to put most contemporary superhero films more than double its length to shame.