Back during Comic-Con 2012, many people were amped to see first footage from Guillermo del Toro’s monsters vs. robots epic, Pacific Rim. For all those eager fans packed into Hall H seats, however, a bigger surprise was on the way; Legendary Pictures had brought footage from yet another giant monster movie (“Kaiju movie” as the sub-genre is known) waiting in the wings: The Godzilla remake from director Gareth Edwards (Monsters).
Our own Sandy Schaefer described just how epic that footage was and how the crowd went wild for it – arguably more wild then they did for Pacific Rim. It was a surprising revelation at the time – and the mania only built with the Godzilla footage shown during Comic-Con 2013 the following year. Now, with the Godzilla teaser trailer is here for all the world to see, and we have a feeling more people are going to be hopping on board with this particular remake.
The teaser makes a smart move by simply establishing the tone, atmosphere and scale of the film, which can best be described as dark, gritty and epic, respectively. It also does a fantastic job of intriguing the viewer with the general concept of the film – humanity besieged by giant monsters – before finishing things off with haymaker punch that this films isn’t just about giant monsters – but the undisputed KING of all giant movie monsters. And for those not too caught up in the thrill of hearing that iconic Godzilla scream; Godzilla won’t be the only monster on the battlefield in this movie.
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Of course, that poorly-conceived, poorly-received Godzilla movie from 1998 also had a pretty sweet teaser trailer, which highlighted Godzilla storming Manhattan – but eventually we came to learn that that promising opening was masking a truly ridiculous plot about a scientist chasing Godzilla, the monster being a mother protecting eggs and hiding out in the island of Manhattan… with a Puff Daddy cover of a classic Led Zeppelin song as a sour cherry on top. So how will Edwards’ film achieve something better?
Well, the cast is certainly strong, featuring Avengers 2 stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen in the leads, with support from people like Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) and Ken Watanabe (Inception); the script had heavyweights like Frank Darabont lending talent, and Edwards’ overall concept and execution of the film seems pretty sound.
What we know of the story so far seems wonderfully straight forward and logical: a group of people – each with something precious to lose – try to survive a monster attack. Works for us. After seeing the footage – what do you think of Godzilla? Is it a worthy remake?
Godzilla will be in theaters on May 16, 2014.
Source: Legendary Pictures
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