Ever since Gareth Edwards’ “Godzilla” was announced almost four years ago at Comic-Con, I have been eagerly awaiting the day of its release. This week we come one step closer to being face-to-face with the legendary behemoth for the first time in nearly a decade. A couple days ago, Warner Bros. released the latest trailer for “Godzilla” and not only does it build on the terrifying tension the teaser trailer established, it gives us a sense of just what we’re dealing with in this new, bold, and dark iteration of Toho’s iconic kaiju.
“I Need to Speak to Someone in Charge”
Immediately, Bryan Cranston’s panicked voice opens the trailer amid familiar scenes of wreckage and destruction, reminiscent of the teaser. The trailer further explores the darkness of this new “Godzilla”; gone will be the memory of Roland Emmerich’s 1998 bastardization which, in the words of Godzilla franchise head Shogo Tomiyama, “took the ‘god’ out of ‘Godzilla.’”
What I love about this trailer is how grand the scale is. We see scenes of destruction on a rural highway with a crashed airliner, the Las Vegas strip completely stripped of its grandeur with a defaced Statue of Liberty (not the New York version), and the ever-unlucky San Francisco, where I believe much of the film’s action will take place. The point is loud and clear – this new Godzilla isn’t a wrecking ball, he’s a steamroller, not just satisfied with destroying one city. We also get some backstory in regards to his creation and, despite the frame-after-frame awesomeness this trailer delivers, the shot of Godzilla’s spiky spine rising out of the water near a beach before being met with a nuclear explosion has to be my favourite. There’s just something so hauntingly beautiful about it.
“The Arrogance of Man is Thinking Nature is in Our Control”
To briefly touch upon the new origin story, it has a nice blend of old and new, as the nuclear aspect is present but the fact that they “awakened” Godzilla proves that the writers have taken a new approach at telling the origin story, one where Godzilla may have existed long before the events of the original. From the film’s official synopsis, we know Godzilla will be fighting other monsters that were “bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance” but we have yet to see them fully and this is one of the film’s biggest selling points (besides the titular titan).
The trailer’s money-shot is a shot which reveals Godzilla, roaring into the air as blast doors close the frame, yet his iconic roar has been muted by the tense music… though I’m sure we’ll be hearing much of it in a few months. All in all, I am beyond pleased with this trailer and am even more ridiculously excited for this film to be released. Toho made a smart decision by not releasing any official Godzilla films since 2004, the franchise’s 50th anniversary; now that it’s nearing its 60th birthday, Toho and WB plan to celebrate in big, bold style with a movie that, in my opinion, will obliterate this summer’s box office. “Godzilla” stomps into theatres May 16, 2014 staring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Ken Watanabe.