Admittedly, this is like the third piece we’ve written about the latest Godzilla trailer, but in our defense, it is epic as all hell, and we can’t stop watching it on repeat. In addition to simply being awesome and getting us all amped up to watch a giant lizard stomp through urban settings, there’s also a lot here to talk about. In the wake of all of these viewings, a few questions occurred to me, and here they are.
The latest trailer for the Godzilla remake hit the internet yesterday and it was suitably epic. We not only saw scenes of rampant destruction, we got further hints that Godzilla won’t be the only big-ass monster making trouble for humanity when Gareth Edwards’ film hits theaters on May 16. There’s a lot going on in the trailer, so we went through it with a giant, radioactive fine-toothed comb just to spot all the points of interest. We’ve got our insights below, followed by a big-ass gallery culled from throughout the trailer.
We see tons of destruction throughout the trailer, ranging from a downed passenger plane, to a ravaged Las Vegas Strip, to jet fighters being slapped out of the sky by…something. This moment early on seems to be just more of the same, but as we watch buildings toppling on the horizon, we had to wonder if this is the aftermath of a kaiju attack, or if one of the enormous bastards — Godzilla or otherwise — is still on the move, hidden by the dust clouds.
“You have no idea what’s coming.” Bryan Cranston lays out that portentous line in the latest Godzilla trailer, which just hit the web. But with every new glimpse of Godzilla footage we become more and more convinced that, whatever is coming, it’s going to be awesome.
Legendary Pictures and director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) have been very canny in how much they reveal with each new trailer for the big guy’s return to the big screen. We’ve seen widespread destruction. We finally got our first really good look at the titanic monster in the previous trailer, and this latest video seems to confirm one long-standing rumor, as well as providing a few hints as the backstory leading up to the film.
Science fiction and horror are genres that are nearly exclusive in making fans absolutely rabid for the visual aspects of the film, almost as much as the story itself. While I’m certainly interested in watching Arnold Schwarzenegger and others in David Ayer’s upcoming action extravaganza Sabotage, I don’t particularly care what it looks like at this point. Godzilla, on the other hand, could show audiences its big baddie from all angles, like this toy and poster, and I’d still be clamoring for more. More scales! More teeth! More ROAR! Thankfully, the April issue of Empire Magazine showcases the destructive lizard on the cover, and they’re using one of the most striking images of Godzilla that you’ve ever seen. Someone needs to make a wall-size poster of this immediately; I’ll start building LEGO skyscrapers to go under it.
The mighty beast stands in front of a city with a reverse image of the Japanese flag in the background. I’m guessing the white background and the red sun didn’t look as awesome. He’s got his back to us, with his giant tail seemingly resting on our computer desks, but he is at least courteous enough to look back and acknowledge our presence. To me, it looks like he’s saying, “Hello, everyone. I’m having a fabulous day today, and I so hope you’re doing the same. I simply must get back to these biscuits in the oven.” Or maybe he’s just breaking the windows of those attack helicopters with his signature roar. Come to think of it, that one seems far more likely.
Fans of giant lizards bent on destruction, get ready to tent your fingers and start squealing. Odds are that you were already pumped up for Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Godzilla reboot, and we knew already knew that the King of the Monsters was going to be huge, but this new poster shows us just how big. And holy crap balls is he big, like multiple syllables big, and he’s taking his talents to the Bay Area, laying waste to San Francisco.
Yahoo movies unveiled this latest one sheet, which makes it look like the titular beast has been hitting the gym. Maybe he’s been juicing, too. A physique like this doesn’t happen overnight, and the stomping through cities and breathing fire screams roid rage. Who else does that?
“Uncut. Uncensored. Undubbed.” With the upcoming release of the Godzilla remake, audiences around the world will be treated to the king of monsters’ return to the big screen. Now Rialto Pictures is planning to re-introduce the original Godzilla (Gojira) to American audiences in its original form, minus Raymond Burr, for the film’s 60th anniversary.
The film has been restored in its beautiful, black-and-white 1954 glory. Before the monster movie came to the States in 1956, Godzilla was already a box office phenomenon in Japan, a touchstone to the legacy of the atomic bombings during World War II. When Godzilla made its way to the United States two years after it was first released, TransWorld Releasing Corp. re-titled the film to Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, added about 40 minutes of additional footage of actor Raymond Burr as a journalist caught up in all of the destruction, and only used an hour of the original Japanese film. TransWorld spliced in the footage so American audiences could identify with the Japanese characters and make the film’s story more palatable for American audiences.