Trailer Review: “Godzilla” – Big, Bold, Brutal

Written by Leo Panasyuk December 11, 2013

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A Massive Return to Form

A few months ago, the teaser trailer for Legendary Pictures’ “Godzilla” remake hit the web and the masses flocked to every corner of the internet to view the clip in the hopes that they’d catch a glimpse before it was taken down by Warner Bros. After it seemed as if every vestige of the trailer had been removed from any website choosing to host it, WB and Legendary have officially released the first trailer for Gareth Edwards’ 2014 remake of the classic movie monster… the original Kaiju. Godzilla.

I’ll give you a second to catch your breath.

“Your Courage Will Never Be More Needed than it is Today”

The first thing I have to say about the trailer is, wow. Just… wow. Ever since Roland Emmerich’s American iteration of Japan’s beloved radiation-spawned titan, fans of the lumbering behemoth have had a rather bad taste left in their mouths. Emmerich’s “Godzilla” turned the nuclear-breathing, building-toppling monster into a shadow of its original self and went into a completely different direction with the story. As for Godzilla, he (or it, as the film revealed) was reduced from a fearsome giant to a confused hermaphrodite who loved the taste of Frenchmen. IT DIDN’T EVEN HAVE NUCLEAR BREATH! But as you’ve just witnessed, we’re right back to basics. And it feels good.

Almost immediately, the tone of this film is made clear: we’re in for one dark, harrowing portrait of destruction, loss and death. What makes this trailer especially haunting are the shots of devastation brought on by Godzilla and the dark, ominous clouds paint a terrifying portrait of what’s to come. From the looks of it, we may be in for “Man of Steel”-level destruction, if not more. Though the trailer does not give much away (the way most, if not all, trailer should be made) there is much room for speculation. Perhaps the most haunting shots are the first-person view of one of the paratroopers flying into the heart of a devastated San Francisco, Godzilla’s spiky figure only briefly visible amid flashes of lightning, and the final shot of the monster himself, with his classic Toho roar, emerging from a massive plume of dust and smoke.

You’ll Forget All About “Pacific Rim”

I cannot begin to express how excited I am for this film. Ever since it was announced by Godzilla creators Toho Co., Ltd. and Legendary Pictures over three years ago, I have been eagerly waiting for a trailer and this is much more than what I could have asked or hoped for. One thing’s certain: if this film turns out to be as good as it looks, the still-fresh memory of “Pacific Rim” may just be overshadowed by the original kaiju and all the chaos he’ll bring with him.

What do you think? Will this be the much-needed reboot for the Godzilla name or will this be another disaster? Let us know in the comments below!

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“Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla” will be released worldwide May 16, 2014 and is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe.

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About Leo Panasyuk

A fan of all things film, Leo never really lets himself get tied down to one specific genre. He's always interested in watching new and old films and especially loves the IMAX format. When he's not choosing which movie to watch next, he's studying Film and English at Western University.

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