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

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

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As mentioned, Gareth Edwards takes fans through a play-by-play breakdown of the latest Godzilla trailer – revealing a significant number of new details and providing context for the larger story.

We’ve compiled the most interesting tidbits below (along with the timer marks for reference):

  • [00:10] 15 years ago a “natural disaster” (read: giant monster attack) tore apart the Brody family – now father and son, Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) and Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) once again find themselves caught in the middle of another “natural disaster.”
  • [00:40] Edwards indicates the “flying” origami in the trailer foreshadows future events – e.g. the unnamed flying monster we see later in the trailer.
  • [01:10] The story takes place on a global stage (including Las Vegas) – but is centered on Ford’s journey (likely searching for the origins or home of Godzilla and the other monsters).
  • [02:40] Edwards teases a key scene and memorable performance from Ken Watanabe (who plays Daisuke Serizawa) that has deep thematic relevance to Godzilla lore.
  • [03:20] A bomb intended for “nuclear tests” (read: attempts to kill Godzilla) is stamped with a “Ghostbusters style” icon of the bomb’s target – Godzilla.
  • [04:00] The idea that nuclear tests were actually failed attempts to kill Godzilla was part of Edwards’ original pitch to the studio. The challenge was figuring out where to go from there.
  • [04:35] Edwards comments on the theories surrounding the mysterious “tentacle holding a bomb” (Note: it’s not actually a tentacle holding a bomb).
  • [05:10] The director wanted Ford to be a related hero (not a superhero). The film starts with him returning from a tour of duty to his family (including wife Elle played by Elizabeth Olsen) – before his history with “natural disasters” pulls him into the current crisis.
  • [05:30] Edwards used score tracks from other movies to help him conceive shots – including the work of Godzilla composer Alexandre Desplat as well as the 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) track “Requiem, for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, 2 Mixed Choirs & Orchestra.”
  • [06:40] The director lists the terms that he often uses to describe the film: epic, realism, and emotional. Edwards asserts that if audience members don’t get close to tearing-up, he will have failed – highlighting a scene between Joe and his wife, Sandra (Juliette Binoche), as an example of the film’s commitment to emotional character drama (a scene that likely takes place in flashback).
  • [07:20] Edwards comments on the “big bones” (an enormous skeletal structure) shown in the trailer – claiming that the monsters in Godzilla are not “magically created.” He asserts the film attempts to be as “realistic as possible” – even in exploring where the creatures come from and how they got here.
  • [08:30] A montage of scenes that Edwards claims are “little clues” to what the film contains. For our own analysis of these scene, check out our feature Godzilla: Other Monsters We Could See in the Reboot.
  • [08:50] The director reiterates his rules for designing Godzilla: Imagine he really existed and in the 1950s someone saw him in Japan and they tried to explain him to the guys at Toho – who then made movies based on that description. Yet, when you see him in the new movie, you understand how they got that look but the reboot version “feels” like the true version of Godzilla.
  • [09:37] Edwards explains the work behind updating the character’s classic roar to fit with the modern more “realistic” design.

 Godzilla Trailer Analysis with Gareth Edwards Reveals New Story Details

While Edwards is mum on some of the more heavily debated details in the trailer (such as the monster remains, clawed foot, and missile/tentacle combo), his insight into the footage adds appreciated context for the larger storyline. Without question, one of the weaker elements of the 1998 Godzilla movie was the explanation for how all of the various factions of characters came together.

Fortunately, the Monsters director appears to have crafted a smart mix of impactful character drama and epic creature mayhem that, if it actually delivers, has the potential to draw-in moviegoers who might otherwise have scoffed at the idea of a new Godzilla film – while also providing fans with an updated version that pays much-appreciated homage to the Toho original.


More: Godzilla: Other Monsters We Could See in the Reboot


Godzilla roars into theaters May 16th, 2014.

Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick for any future updates on Godzilla, as well as movie, TV, and gaming news.

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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.

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  17. TRAILER #3

  18. Roland Emmerich’s giant iguana movie should have been called G.I.N.O. ..Godzilla In Name Only .. and like most of his movies .. after the initial set up(about 45 minutes in) it just falls into an abyss of stupefying crap .. This one looks like at least someone watched a real Godzilla movie once or twice.. Hoping for the best.