“The son surpasses the father”: Godzilla Minus One’s Comparison To Oppenheimer Gets Out of Hand as Film Lands a Record Rating on IMDb

With an eye-popping rating, Godzilla Minus One has secured its place as the highest-rated blockbuster film on IMDb!

“The son surpasses the father”: Godzilla Minus One’s Comparison To Oppenheimer Gets Out of Hand as Film Lands a Record Rating on IMDb

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  • The 37th installment in the Godzilla series, Godzilla Minus One, is the latest Japanese Kaiju film that Takashi Yamazaki wrote and directed.
  • Surprisingly, on IMDb, the Toho-distributed movie has surpassed Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer.
  • Not only has the 125-minute film shattered records for IMDb ratings, it has recently drawn attention due to an unexpected comparison to Cillian Murphy’s Oppenheimer.
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While the world was captivated by Christopher Nolan’s biopic about the father of the atomic bomb in the months leading up to its premiere, Toho wishes to remind viewers that Japan is still home to the original King of the Monsters. 

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Yes, a new Godzilla film has been released, and Toho has really stepped up their game this time. The 37th installment in the Godzilla series, Godzilla Minus One, is the latest Japanese Kaiju film that Takashi Yamazaki wrote and directed. Surprisingly, on IMDb, the Toho-distributed movie has surpassed Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. Not only has the 125-minute film shattered records for IMDb ratings, but, as a nice little bonus, it has recently drawn attention due to an unexpected comparison to Cillian Murphy’s Oppenheimer

A still from Godzilla Minus One
A still from Godzilla Minus One

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Godzilla Minus One is Japan’s Reply to Oppenheimer?

Oppenheimer, directed by Christopher Nolan, was one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year. The public was also drawn to it by its impressive cast, which included Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr. With a global box office total of over $953 million and critical acclaim, the movie is now the third highest-grossing movie of 2023. Despite being a huge box office hit, it did not have the highest IMDb rating.

According to Kaiju News Outlet, Godzilla Minus One has surpassed Oppenheimer to become the highest-rated blockbuster film of 2023 on IMDb. Reviews for the Ryunosuke Kamiki starrer film have been overwhelmingly positive thus far.

Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr. in Oppenheimer
Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr. in Oppenheimer

The Takashi Yamazaki film, which opened in the US and Canada on December 1, was predicted to earn between $11 and $12 million in its first weekend of sales. It was released alongside Silent Night, The Shift, and Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé. According to a report from Deadline, the film debuted at $11 million, shattering the opening weekend record for a live-action Japanese film in the US.

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As of December 6, Godzilla Minus One had made an incredible $40,990,124 worldwide. Of that total, $14,360,157 had been earned in the United States and Canada, $26,039,972 in Japan, and $589,995 in other territories (via The Numbers).

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Fans’ Reactions To Godzilla Minus One’s Monstrous Success

Godzilla Minus One (2023)
Godzilla Minus One (2023)

Godzilla Minus One has garnered a lot of positive reviews from critics. The Hollywood Reporter claims that Takashi Yamazaki’s film has received widespread praise from American film critics due to its touching human drama, amazing tiny-budgeted visuals, and social commentary through the use of the kaiju metaphor. Additionally, the movie received an incredible 97% approval rating and an average score of 8.3/10 on Rotten Tomatoes. 

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Despite all the praise, one unique aspect has drawn more notice than the others: the movie based on physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer has been surpassed by Godzilla Minus One to become the highest-rated blockbuster film of 2023 on IMDb. Let us see how the movie is being received by viewers now that it has outperformed Christopher Nolan’s film.

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Godzilla Minus One is a period drama that returns the giant kaiju to its origins, with the monster appearing while Japan is still reeling from the devastation of World War II.

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Godzilla Minus One

Famed VFX artist and director Takashi Yamazaki decided to work on a Godzilla movie after his 2019 film, The Great War of Archimedes. Among the actors starring are Kuranosuke Sasaki, Sakura Ando, Yuki Yamada, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Minami Hamabe, Ryunosuke Kamiki, and Munetaka Aoki.

Godzilla Minus One was released in the United States on December 1, 2023. Watch it in cinemas now.

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