‘Godzilla’ Teaser Trailer: Descent Into Monster City

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 6th, 2014 at 3:02 pm,

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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  1. Wow…now I’m kind of excited for this movie.
    Also its a welcome surprise to know that the trailer doesn’t have the overused loud “BWAAANAAAAG” from Inception trailer ;-)

  2. OMFG … goosies!

    • Haha! Awesome comment.

  3. I love the beginning to this trailer, can’t wait to see this!

  4. The apocalyptic paratrooper drop is fantastic. This movie will still hinge on making Godzilla an anti-hero and presenting some truly aweful enemy monsters. It feels very much like it draws heavily from, is a sequel to, or is a partial remake of Godzilla vs Destroyah. You could tie the oxygen destroyer and modified precambrian crustaceans to mankind’s latest folly: experimenting with God’s building blocks (DNA) and life at the genetic level. Thus, humanity must use the Atomic King of Monsters to help defeat something truly horrible genetically created by our own hand (M.U.T.O.).

  5. This Trailer was fantastic! Its tone is what stayed with me the most. The feel I got from it was: God has forsaken humanity and Cthulhu reigns supreme :D Seeing the soldiers at the begining reminded me of the soldiers who were charged with facing down Doppleganger Superman in the DCAU Superman Doomsday. Like Godzilla or King Kong he stood atop the highest skyscraper and absolutely decimated the armed forces! Never have I had more sympathy for soldiers than in that face-off. The scene in the Godzilla trailer makes me feel about the same way ;)

  6. The king of monsters may just be back.

    I think this may end up being the best blockbuster of 2014.

  7. The only part of this article I disagree with is the teaser trailer for the last Godzilla movie was far from epic.
    I think it perfectly conveyed what a silly movie it ended up being.

  8. I can’t get enough of this trailer. I don’t care how awesome this movie will be just now. This is exactly how a blockbuster trailer should be done.

  9. The silhouette of his head! OMG, I can’t wait. I’m so pumped now. Still, what’s with the stupid humans and their buildings getting in the way. All the time. Leave him be, like hulk, and let him fight some monsters and save your ass dammit!

  10. I’m super stoked about this movie but god please don’t make him the “good” guy…if he fights other monsters so be it, but make it simply because he’s territorial not because he’s helping us…In the end he’s still tearing through our cities and destroying anything that gets in his way. I hated the older movies where he was on our side..the original was my favorite. Pure force of destruction.

  11. Please no Matthew Broderick or a P.Diddy/ Led Zeppelin Kashmir soundtrack and I will watch this in the theater. that 1998 movie still leaves a bad taste in my mouth!