Of all the blockbusters in 2014 my most anticiatped one is Godzilla directed by Gareth Edwards. Staring Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Ken Watanabe (Inception) and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) the movie already features an impressive cast. And from all the interviews by Gareth Edwards it seems like this movie has a director who takes the big monster seriously.
After a very moody trailer we now get a second look but it still focuses on the human characters and has Godzilla in the background – which underlines what the actors previously stated that the movie was always written so that all monster scenes had an effect on the humans and aren’t just there to have a monster scene.
Here’s a direct comparison of a Godzilla trailer not focusing on the human story to further illustrate why I am so exicted about this movie. It’s a trailer for Roland Emmerich’s 1998 “re-imagining” which features the same “we don’t know what it is” structure of the newest Godzilla trailer but obviously lacks everything else:
The trailer also features a nice homage to the original Godzilla when Ken Watanabe mentions that the monster was awakened in 1954 which was the release date of the first Godzilla movie. I am very curious how they will tie the nuclear backstory to the monster. Godzilla was conceived as a monster who was awakened by the nuclear tests in the pacific and was intended as an image of the destruction that mankind would bring down on itself if we continued to use nuclear energy.
But in this trailer Watanabe states that those tests were meant to kill the monster and only conceived as “tests”. I am very curious if the attempts to kill Godzilla have made him even more furious and furthermore what this means for the monster: if you can throw atomic bombs at a monster and it survives what do you have to do to kill it?
Godzilla arrives this May.
P.S.: here’s the mandatory reference link to Gareth Edward’s Monsters (2010) which is just a great piece of moviemaking, a beautifully slow piece of storytelling. If Monsters doesn’t get you excited for this Godzilla movie probably nothing will.