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The New 'Godzilla' Trailer Will Wreck Your World

By TK | Trailers | February 25, 2014 | Comments ()


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I was excited about Pacific Rim, last year’s robot-on-monster goof-fest that I found so enjoyable. Giant robots, giant monsters, Guillermo Del Toro. It had many things that I loved, even if Del Toro can be a little hit-or-miss. I was excited.

With Gareth Edwards’s adaptation of Godzilla, take that excitement and multiply it by a very large number. I’m a huge fan of Monsters, Edwards’s first film, which I found to be a genuinely thoughtful, engaging, and often scary little bit of no-budget film making. The thought of him making a big budget Godzilla film, with an absolutely ridiculous cast — Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe — I mean, come ON. That’s just silly.

The first trailer was terrific, as far as trailers go. I know, I know, you can’t judge a film by its trailer. But it was hard not to get jittery over it, especially for people like me who are a) crazy fans of giant monster movies and b) looking to scour the memory of the 1998 Roland Emmerich crapfest from their memories.

The new trailer is unique among modern second trailers because it’s almost all new footage, using Cranston’s ominous voice to narrate it, and showing some tantalizing glimpses of both the massive scale of destruction as well as the insane size of the creature. It’s a phenomenally done trailer, and it makes the Toho fan in me downright giddy. I worry a little about them playing it quite so seriously — it appears to be a completely humorless, deadly serious picture — but if handled right, it could be great.

Take a look:

Yowza. For a bit of size comparison, take a look at this chart, via Reddit.

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I mean, damn.




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  • NateMan

    I was already interested in seeing this. Now I'm interested in seeing it in theaters. Listening to Cranston nearly poop his pants in terror sold it for me.

    And I hope it's played entirely straight, free of humor. There are monsters destroying the world. There's no time for giggling!

  • hapl0

    No, no, no, no, no, no....

  • Yocean

    That's a mistranslation. Should be 歴代ゴジラ比較表

  • John W

    MUST. SEE. THIS. MOVIE.

  • I'm sure this is just me being picky, but the size ratios are WAY out of wack in this movie. For example:

    1: Helicopters look tiny flying next to the Statue of Liberty (the actual statue is only 151 feet tall. A military helicopter is as big as the tablet she's holding.)

    2. The soldiers free-falling down into San Francisco are holding flares which are unusually large and bright for objects their size at the distance shown in the film; in reality, the light from the flares would be barely visible.

    3. Godzilla's too goddamn big. He should've knocked the whole damn Statue of Liberty over considering he's 3 times as big as the whole thing (statue and base). If nukes won't kill it, then...

    4. Aaron Johnson looks about 100 pounds heavier and a few inches taller than he was in "Kick-Ass".

  • BlackRabbit

    Actually, I agree. Somehow making Godzilla bigger makes him less scary for me, if that makes sense. Also GO GO GOZILLA!

  • Abe Froman

    I believe the Statue of Liberty is supposed to be the Vegas version, not the actual one. That would fall into line with the scenes on or near the west coast and desert in the trailer.

  • chanohack

    It's definitely the Vegas Statue, but I think that makes it even weirder. We see the monster knocking over all of San Fran, but he does relatively minimal damage walking down The Strip. A monster that size should knock down ALL of New York New York, not give their statue a scrape on the cheek.

  • cox

    i love this conversation so so much. you, gentelmen (?) are my kid of nitpicky. and because of that, i feel the need to point out that since he is so big, he could just knock pieces of either of the statues by accidentally flinging small objects in their direction. like cars.

  • Exactly, the Vegas Statue of Liberty is half the size of the real one, and it's made of styrofoam and drywall, which Mega-Godzilla would probably disintegrate with one swing of the tail.

  • Wait a minute. I thought I remembered reading that this took place in San Francisco, but where the hell did the Statue of Liberty come from? Did Godzilla awaken near Japan then just start heading west, fuckin shit up the whole way? Or did we get the Icelandic Godzilla? Interesting fact: Finnish is much closer to Japanese than any European dialect. Ok..maybe not that interesting...but it IS a fact.

  • googergieger

    To be fair people were this excited about the Broderick Godzilla, but yeah I'll see this movie. Hope it lives up to the hype.

  • emmalita

    I was not excited by the Broderick Godzilla, and I still haven't seen it. It looked stupid. This looks excellent, but I still like the kaiju/jeager fights from Pacific Rim

  • cox

    "motherfucker has a sword"!

    unrelated, my academic writer professor insists on using the american way of putting punctuation within the quote marks and it is KILLING ME.

  • emmalita

    Damn Americans insisting on doing things the American way!!! Was he not taken to see The Last Empress? Does he not understand where he is?

    Motherfucker did have a sword. I'm not sure why they waited until being carried through the air to remember the sword. If I had a sword I'd bring it up earlier in the fight. But then, I didn't write Pacific Rim - OBVIOUSLY!

  • The Broderick Godzilla was stupid, you were right to miss it. This looks badass.

  • googergieger

    Yeah but to be fair you hated Ferris Bueler. In fact I think the sister character was based on you. And that doesn't even make sense.

  • Holy mother of fuck! $Take$ $My$ $Money!$

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    That's what I love about these human cities, man. I keep getting bigger, they stay the same size. Yes, they do.

  • Thank you for that.

  • Ben

    The idea that he wasn't created by the nukes and the nukes were trying to kill him in the 50's blows my fucking mind.

  • Nick Cowling

    Such a great way to turn the creation story on it's head. If A-Bombs didn't create it then how does it exist?

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    Godzilla is Cthulu.

  • Nick Cowling

    We need a Cthulu movie

  • Dennis Albert Ramirez

    it's gonna be so goooooood!

  • Stu Rat

    Even though Godzilla 1998's existence is only an internet rumor-that water swelling scene as Godzilla surfaces has been in every G-movie since then.

    And at least they cut Strathairn's "You're all probably gonna die" speech to the troops.

  • I worry a little about them playing it quite so seriously — it appears to be a completely humorless, deadly serious picture — but if handled right, it could be great.

    Well, the original was deadly serious (well as serious as it could be, it did have some pretty silly stuff played straight) with the Big Guy representing the atomic bomb, and it seems that is the tone Edwards is going for. This is kinda a retroactive trailer, because it is making me want to check out Monsters, if this is what this guy is capable of.

    Between him getting this and Josh Trank doing Fantastic Four, I almost want to get optimistic about Hollywood giving really talented directors bigger sandboxes to play in. I am sure somebody will ruin it for me, though.

  • NateMan

    Definitely check out Monsters. A character-driven monster movie of high quality.

  • BlackRabbit

    Also The Host, the Korean monster film.

  • NateMan

    That's a great one too. I was really surprised with the mix of humor and utter bleakness in that flick.

  • Regardless, some producers are going to ruin it by thinking that their ideas and opinions are worth a shit, and demanding that Godzilla have a love interest or stupid, fat buddy for the comic relief.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Godzilla and Jonah Hill vs. Mothra?

    I'd watch that.

  • BWeaves

    OK, Now THAT got my attention.

  • Billybob

    Is it just me, or does Bryan Cranston look kind of like a younger Harvey Keitel in this?

  • Al Borland's Beard

    I think I just got a fear boner.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    I don't know if mine's from fear or just a healthy appetite for reptiles.

  • janeite1900

    Oh no, not the Statue of Liberty again!

  • Mrcreosote

    I think it's actually a joke. That's the Vegas statue of liberty.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Oh good, because I thought the sculpting looked terrible

  • Al Borland's Beard

    At least it's head isn't being thrown across Manhattan.

  • Snath

    SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  • emmalita

    I second that with jumping up and down and clapping.

  • Where's legendary action hero Matthew Broderick??!?!?!

    Edwards just has a feel for scale and how to compose a scene. The action shots in the trailer are so clean and impressive. So rare to see such well-crafted disaster porn.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Holy Fuck!

    I barely ever react to trailers with more than: "Yeah, that one might be good." This one, however, gave me the chills.

  • Fruity Fonzie

    god, this looks fantastic

  • Andrew

    I like how we're only getting glimpses of him; very nice.

    However, how is Godzilla dropping planes out of the sky? Is that in the originals as well? Does anyone know?

  • Zeno_McZipperpants

    It's not Godzilla; Rodan

  • I seem to remember an interview from a few years ago that seemed to indicate Godzilla was one of many monsters appearing in this film.

  • manting

    I think they are being thrown. There is a shot of an aircraft carrier near where a monster is emerging from the ocean. Also I think the winged monster we glimpse is Rodan.

  • tamatha_uhmelmahaye

    As I was watching the trailer I was reminded of Monsters--I movie I saw pretty recently and thought was fabulous--so I'm really pleased that my sense of similarity wasn't off the mark and I'm really excited to see what Edwards does with this film.

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  • manting

    One of my peeps is one of the Ex Producers on this (Alex Garcia) and Monsters was the reason he got the job.

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