You know the old saying: “One good fantastically massive Godzilla trailer deserves another.” And so it shall be, now that Legendary has released the film’s international trailer. Now, I’d love to be the guy who tries to drum up interest by saying this trailer has “all new footage” and “never before seen shots,” but honestly the only thing that was added to this trailer is a shot of Ken Watanabe’s scientist character looking shocked without a helmet on.
Otherwise, it’s just a streamlined version of the previously released trailer that had us all drowning in saliva and burst-eyeball juices. Most of the inspirational military speech dialogue is still there, but missing are all of the first-person P.O.V. shots of Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Ford character skydiving towards the completely destroyed city below, where the King of the Monsters is lurking beneath the smoky haze. Assumedly he’d be making a shit ton of noise while stomping around, but I like the limited use of sound in these trailers, amping up the tension by keeping us all in the dark.
And we won’t only have to worry about getting online to see Godzilla previews, as the first in what will presumably be a long line of international TV spots was also released. It’s essentially just the end of the international trailer with all of the ominous boom sounds, but that half-reveal of Godzilla at the end gets me every time. Plus, I think the U.S. trailers should have a Japanese guy saying “Godzilla” at the end, because it sounds cool. Check it out below.
We’re pretty big fans of Gareth Edwards here at GFR, based on his great-despite-its-limitations debut feature Monsters, and it’s hard to think of someone who could tell this story more efficiently. What story? We’re not entirely sure. Godzilla destroys a city, and the military tries to stop it. Meanwhile, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins, David Strathaim, Juliette Binoche, and Victor Rasuk are all pretty devastated by everything that’s happening, and they also probably try to stop it. I just hope the familial human side of the story is a little more credible than in Stephen Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, which to me follows the same kind of storytelling.
I hope and expect all of you to be in theaters — especially IMAX ones — when Godzilla wreaks havoc in 2D and 3D on May 14, 2014. Relive the badassery of the original trailer below, or go watch Monsters on Netflix.