‘Godzilla’ Trailer Analysis with Gareth Edwards Reveals New Story Details

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 28th, 2014 at 9:28 pm,

[NOTE: The following post (and video above) contain story details that could be considered minor SPOILERS for Godzilla]

When it was first announced that Monsters director Gareth Edwards would reboot Godzilla, reactions were mixed. Edwards was always an inspired choice to helm the film – given that he’s a visual effects wizard who also managed to tell an emotional character story on a shoestring budget; yet, many fans (not to mention casual moviegoers) were still feeling the sting of Hollywood’s last attempt at modernizing the iconic Japanese lizard for the American market.

Roland Emmerich’s 1998 attempt failed to honor the source material, side-stepped many of the series’ most enduring themes, and (worst of all) made it unclear how audiences should even feel about the Godzilla character: all she wanted to do was lay her eggs in the heart of New York City. Was that too much to ask? Fortunately, Edwards appears to have learned from Emmerich’s mistakes, setting the stage for a major Godzilla comeback with an epic Comic-Con reveal, shrewd teaser, and gripping feature trailer. The pre-release marketing all point to an exciting and affecting movie experience – one that is also faithful to the original roots of the character.

The full length trailer was packed full of enticing easter eggs and potential connections to fan-favorite Godzilla lore – so many, in fact, that the director has now released a video break down of the trailer that offers new story details and behind-the-scenes insight (check it out above).

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Reminder: The rest of this post will contain story details that could be considered minor SPOILERS for Godzilla (2014) - so if you do not want to know anything about what’s to come, turn away now. You have been WARNED!


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  1. I think this new Godzilla is looking good so far, I’m really hoping that Gigan shows up!

    I do have to say, personally, the weakest story element from Godzilla 1998 was the Godzilla’s stupid vollasa raptor’ish design. Allot could have been excused if he had even remotely looked like Godzilla.

    • *Velociraptor

      Also, I imagine Emmerich’s team took the idea of a mutated iguana from the original movie and decided to try and make a huge version of a bipedal iguana to match the origin.

      I still like that design though and hope we see it again, albeit as a different creature entirely.

    • But was the 1998 film a Godzilla remake or remake of the Beast from 20,000 fathoms below? with the Godzilla title stamped on it to make it more marketable?

      • The latter was always my theory when I saw it the first time. They just used the Godzilla branding, because it had more marketing pull. “The Beast from 20,000″, even though a great classic in its own right, is hardly known by most people.

    • lol vollasa raptor

  2. Well, this is the only trailer I’ve ever seen to consistently give me major goosebumps every time I watch it so well done to Gareth for that.

  3. So I guess that means there is definitly a flying monster, either Rodan,Battra or Mothra, or a new original monster. Of course then again Abrahams said Kahn was not gonna be in Star Trek into Darkness. If Godzilla existed before the nuclear tests and wasn’t created by magic, does that mean the story will introduce a monster island of some sort or is he just something that the Earth spit out of nowhere. I honestly prefer we don’t know his exact origin, it makes the character more fascinating when we don’t really know where he came from.

    • Yeah but JJ Abrams said that because he wanted people to be surprised when the villain turned out to be Khan and was upset that the hardcore Trek fans were already spoiling the surprise for everyone else before the film had even released.

  4. Love that breakdown; I know where my ass is going to be seated May 16. Shut up and take my money!

  5. best trailer so far of all the big budget movies and hopefully will live up to expectations.
    aaron johnson does no over the top acting so he may do good. with dazz on the goosebumps.
    the last film to do that for me was aliens and before that the original alien with tom cruise’s
    war of the worlds coming in 3rd. this movie may get my imax money.

  6. Good job Hollywood. Remake a classic Japanese monster movie that was a metaphor for the horror the Hiroshima bomb inflicted on the people of Japan- only this time, set it in America, and retcon American nuclear tests in the Pacific as a covert attempt to destroy the monster, rather than the thing that accidentally created the monster- thus completely neutering the core concept behind the character.

    • At least Godzilla is not some gaint tuna hungry iguana that can be so easily killed by the military, the fact that the trailer specificaly mentions a nuke couldn’t kill it means this is more a less the definitive Godzilla Toho created.

    • Actually if you read Empire magazine Gareth Edwards say’s Toho studios made him adhere two rules Godzilla had to be set mostly in Japan and be born and/or influenced from the atomic bombs

  7. ok this is a weird comment – but honestly, Johnson laying back in the trailer “can you kill it” like a dbag really gives me confidence that he’ll do well as Quicksilver.

    I’m really stoked for Godzilla and can’t wait to see it. I wasn’t as big a fan of MONSTERS as everyone else appeared to be, the heavy handed politics was too much fore me. But it definitely showed Edwards ability to write humanity to scale. Hoping for greatness!

  8. Interesting that it is Japan’s nuclear tests depicted in this movie.
    Were the original movies based on the U.S. nuclear tests?

    • Yeah we bombed them not Japan.

  9. I could smell a possible Jet Jaguar setup for Ford (Brody)! Just a dream though, Jet Jaguar was awesome and I think only showed up once.
    Why not have an Ultraman/Jaeger-esque figure fighting alongside Godzilla right?
    Would love to see this expand to its own cinematic universe and really go in-depth the Godzilla/Kaijuu lore!

  10. Japan didn’t bomb the Bikini Atoll we did.

  11. Godzilla was inspired by the fishing boat The Lucky Dragon 5 which the Japanese fishermen were caught off guard from our tests in the Pacific.

  12. Awesome video. So now the Japanese created the Big Guy… nice! Can’t wait until we see other monsters in the future films. Hopefully Anguirus, Rodan, Mothra & Baragon.

    • We know from the director’s descriptions that no one created him. it’s an undiscovered species that’s been around a long time, was awoken and part of the mystery is where have they been hiding…

  13. No, the trailer does not say the “JAPANESE” tried to kill Godzilla with nuclear weapons. Ken’s character means “we” as in “humanity” tried to kill it with nuclear weapons.

  14. I liked the Godzilla where he fought what looked like a giant flying turd. It was actually a space ship of some sort underneath the stuff but it really looked like a huge flying turd.

    Couldn’t believe anyone involved with filming the movie thought that too. They find this huge turd in the ocean, it rises up and sits there until flying off towards godzilla. Who is like wtf a giant turd and blows the s*** outta of it with his breath attack.

  15. I really hope the movie doesn’t become a “Monsters” melodrama with people crying about eco disasters with Godzilla & Co. as an aside, like the creatures in his “Monsters” film. Long boring sappy story about two idiots who decide to traverse a quarantine zone with a few shots of cheaply drawn cgi monsters.