‘Godzilla’ Glimpsed in New Images & Director Interview

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Godzilla arrived on the scene today (kind of) in the first widely available teaser trailer for Gareth Edwards’ upcoming monster movie, which stars Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass 2) and a very big lizard. The whole thing definitely had a very disastrous feel, with soldiers sky-diving into swathes of destroyed cityscape and the big guy himself only briefly glimpsed through thick smoke as a craggy, mountain-sized colossus.

Rebooting a franchise as old and as well-established as Godzilla is no mean feat considering how many times the character has been seen onscreen and all the things that he has got up to over the last 60 years. Godzilla will be Legendary Pictures’ second Kaiju movie in recent years, following on from the moderate success of Guillermo del Toro’s original monsters-vs.-mecha tale Pacific Rim, but whether or not the weight of such a recognizable character will prove to be a benefit or a burden remains to be seen.

Handing directing duties to an almost unknown director whose only claim to fame so far is low-budget sci-fi Monsters could be considered a risky move by Legendary, but Edwards’ enthusiasm for the job is palpable in his recent interview with USA Today. Edwards describes the experience of having Godzilla built in a studio as a dream come true:

“It was such a shot in the arm to see your star. It was like knowing you were pregnant vs. seeing the ultrasound. I suddenly remembered I was making this iconic movie… It’s the closest thing to being a god as I think there is in terms of a job you could have. You picture something one day and draw it, and the next day, it’s physical and there in front of you no matter how insane.”

The interview also includes three new stills for the film, showing Cranston’s scientist and Taylor-Johnson’s soldier standing in awe of a behemoth that seems almost too big to ever be destroyed.


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Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor Johnson in Godzilla 280x170 Godzilla Glimpsed in New Images & Director Interview

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Those who watched the teaser trailer for Godzilla or the footage shown at Comic Con can probably tell that the tone is far from goofy and that the monster will be portrayed as a source of real devastation and strife. Edwards says that he wasn’t interested in getting to the warm and gooey heart of Godzilla’s innermost feelings, since what makes him frightening is the way in which he cares as little about the destruction he causes as a rainstorm cares about the people who forgot to bring an umbrella out with them:

“To me, he’s like a force of nature, like the wrath of God or vengeance for the way we’ve behaved. If this really happened, it would be like Sept. 11. I want it to be epic. I want to get the hairs on the back of your neck up.”

Viral marketing videos for Godzilla have previously begun to paint a picture of something that crawled up from the bowels of the Earth itself to go on a big stomping tour through our oh-so-fragile civilization, but Edwards has also said that the human characters will act as the emotional core of the film as the story is told through their eyes. In many ways this would be a return to the spirit of the original film, in which audience members learned about Godzilla at the same pace as lead characters Dr. Yamane, Emiko and Hideto Ogata.

Does Edwards’ description of his approach to making Godzilla come to life once more fill you with confidence or concern for this larger-than-life disaster movie? Share your thoughts on this interview and the recent teaser trailer in the comments.


Godzilla will be in theaters on May 16th, 2014.

Source: USA Today

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  1. Nothing more can really be said besides how freakin excited I am for this. 10 years is way too long to wait between films

  2. First trailer was epic! I’m as excited as I was when the first Winter Soldier trailer went up.

  3. Couldn’t be anymore excited then i am right now.

    I have been waiting for a ”Proper/Respectful” American Godzilla since Roland Emmerich’s disgraceful 1998 movie.

    Looks like almost 16 years later i will finally get to see an awesome Godzilla movie again in American theater’s.

  4. Im gonna buy so much merchandise…
    Looks really good, hopefully though godzilla emerges and doesnt remain shadowed.

  5. Looks like it might provide some entertainment. I will watch it on Netflix when available.

    • Is this the only opinion you have? NETFLIX paying you?

      • Thank you for noticing that man. It was driving me crazy. On every single movie article the same Netflix comment sht.

        • No joke, should be using Redbox. Seriously though, this looks insane. The apparent size of Godzilla looks amazing.

  6. Breaking Tokyo!

  7. As Draagyn pointed out, 10 years between films is way too long, and is actually the longest wait in history.

    People keep on mentioning the atrocious Emmerich film, but the truth is, the last film, Final Wars, was one of the absolute worst G films in history. What made it even more of a travesty was that it was the final film in a rather good series of G flicks (the Millenium series). So yes, this movie has a lot to make up for.

    Everything that I have seen and read so far about this is looking and sounding very promising.


    • you know, the first time i saw Final Wars I thought it was kind of a let down (what is this? the Matrix?!) But after viewing it a couple more times it has grown on me.

      You should check it out again if you haven’t in a while.

    • Um, I know it’s your opinion and all… but you’re wrong. Godzilla(1998) is an abomination of a film and a disgrace to the name Godzilla. But that’s beside the point. The movie itself was just bad. It ripped off every trend going on at the time, the characters were bland cardboard cut outs, and while I liked it as a kid… It does not hold up. I cannot watch that movie without cringing and believe me I’ve tried a few times because of my nostalgia for that movie. It’s terribad.

      • I agree with Mateus, the 1998 movie was terrible not just for completely ignoring everything that made the Godzilla IP so popular and memorable, but also simply because it was a bad film.
        That travesty of a movie just threw in random junk that they thought would bring in audiences – The Professional had been a critically acclaimed movie 4 years before so let’s have its star leading a bunch of French kick-butt commandos! Jurassic Park was a success 5 years before so let’s have a bunch of raptor/baby monsters running around!
        Godzilla 1998 was a prime example of arrogant Hollywood execs thinking they had the talent to re-write a license that had been around for decades rather than paying respect to what made the license so long-lasting.
        Gareth Edward is not such a person. Everything I have seen so far makes me very glad that they picked him to do this movie.

  8. The trailer was awsome, the music set a tone of despair, the visual devestation was breath taking. What the director said was encouraging because he gets that godzilla is a force of nature (he never retreats he always advances), if anything it will erase that crap from 98 from our memories. And yes Bri it was worse than Final Wars because at least in FW we got an atomic breath breathing godzilla (he even killed zilla in final wars).

  9. I’m very excited for this movie. There will be toys, books, t-shirts, hats, etc. I’m still excited mostly for the movie. Why the paratroopers, you might ask? I believe they’re planting some type of experimental weapons around the area Godzilla is attacking.

  10. The king is back! I’m super pumped for this, easily my most anticipated film for 2014 so far, The trailer looks epic and Godzillas scream gives me goosebumps, I love Godzilla!