Two ‘Godzilla’ TV Spots Tease the Humans Up Against the Monsters

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Among the sequel-heavy blockbuster releases of 2014, there is one remake which looks better and better the more we see of it: Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla. The modern update of the 1954 Japanese classic Gojira has a director in Monsters helmer Edwards, whose vision appears solidly fan-approved – with a monster design and take on the mythos far removed from Roland Emmerich’s still-derided 1998 version.

After deliberately hiding the monster from the public for much of 2013, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have spent this year giving us a whole lot of clear looks at the titular beast’s new design, with a series of powerful trailers and TV spots framing the scale of not just the international conflict but King of the Monsters itself as suitably epic and serious.

We now have two new TV spots. The first, which you can watch above, focuses mainly on the characters played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass 2) and Elizabeth Olsen (Oldboy), a married couple separated when Taylor-Johnson’s soldier Ford Brody is called back into action, pulling him from his wife Elle.

The second TV trailer, featured right above, spreads the focus back out to the rest of the cast, which includes Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Ken Watanabe (Inception), and David Strathairn (Lincoln).

Except for a couple of good looks at the monster, these spots have nothing new to show us. The first spot’s focus on Olsen and Taylor-Johnson’s young married couple – a relationship which may end up reflecting that of Cranston’s character and Juliette Binoche (who play the younger characters’ parents) – points toward the overall grimness of this new Godzilla.

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The inclusion of several additional monsters to rival the terror Godzilla and further ravage civilization is one of the most exciting aspects of this reboot, but these spots once again drive home the almost overwhelming grimness on hand. The sheer, eye-popping size of Godzilla remains a stunner, but we’ve had summer blockbuster seasons full of large-scale, apocalyptic disaster imagery for several years in a row – audiences will need to connect with the human drama amidst the chaos.

Taylor-Johnson, Olsen and Cranston are likable leads, but will their stories be lost in the monsters’ stomp and roar? We here at Screen Rant remain hopeful that won’t be the case.

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Godzilla opens in U.S. theaters on May 16, 2014.

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  1. Its still funny to me that in this movie Johnson and Olsen are involved and in Avengers 2 they are brother and sister.

  2. Godzilla has never been about the individual humans and their BS love stories.this is just hollywood adding their typical love story “drama” to a story about a giant lizard. Who, by the way, better freaking spit some crazy energy.

    • Actually the original film, the one that this reboot is being inspired by, the human story was key. Godzilla was a force of nature, a walking natural disaster, and the story was humanity’s struggle to comprehend and survive this overwhelming unstoppable threat

  3. my biggest potential problem is the balance. Can they balance the human drama piece with the awesomeness of Godzilla wrecking shop on the military and monsters. I dont mind the human element as long as the balance is there and we get a healthy amount of Godzilla.

    • Screw balance, I want more Godzilla and co. Less humans as possible.

    • Balance is something I hope they find in every superhero movie/Godzilla-like movie, but since the last few years the human element has taken over the action that we go to theaters to see. A good plot and characters are important, but they have become too important lately. Hoping Godzilla balances it out myself.

  4. Let’s cook !

  5. Its a movie about a giant lizard, who cares about the human window dressing. The human element of Pacific Rim was almost irrelevant to that story. Core values are important in giant monster movies.

    • Sorry. Without the human element in Pacific Rim you wouldn’t have had the Jeagers. Ergo nothing to stop the monsters & no monster & mech battles. However I agree with you if your saying the human element didn’t really do much for the film in general. :-)

  6. I STILL DON’T GET THE POSTER. IT LOOKS TO ME LIKE THE MILITARY IS OUT OF NUKES AND AMMOS AND THEIR LAST RESORT IS A SUICICDE MISSION WHERE THEY JUMP OFF AN AIRPLANE CARRYING BOMBS AND HOPE TO LAND ON GODZILLA AND DETONATE? OTHERWISE ITS A DUMB CONCEPT OR THEIR MISSION IS PROBABLY TRYING TO LAND ON THE MONSTER AND TICKLE GODZILLA TO DEATH! LOL!

  7. Maybe out of fuel to fuel jets and choppers to make an attack? Cause I know that whole sky jump is part of the movie and not just trying to make the poster look cool.

  8. so far it looks like it is going to be well worth the wait and the hype. the only disappointment is that apparently they can’t use the other Toho monsters by name, so no Rodan, Mothra or monster zero ect. on the bright side it looks like the name is the only thing they can’t use, from the previews so far it appears we are going to get a muto that is Destoroyah in every way but name. unless the restriction on using Toho monsters was just a ploy to throw people off, to keep from reveling what monsters Godzilla will fight in the movie. I hope that is the case as it would be very cool to see the other Toho monsters get the same big budget cgi treatment.

    • *etc*

  9. Looks like another generic CGI fest catering to teenagers.

  10. This movie is gonna rock the casbah!

  11. I hope this Godzilla actually looks like Godzilla. And I hope the producers will keep this Godzilla to a consistent scale. In the last movie it was the size of buildings and yet it still fit into the subways to lay eggs. BTW, will this monster be CGI or will they be flying the rubber suit in from Japan?

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