I love me some giant monster movies. In particular, I love me some old-school Toho Godzilla/Gojira movies, particularly the Shōwa era entries — while Godzilla Vs. King Gheedorah is pretty solid, the Heiseis/Milleniums aren’t quite as great. Godzilla is the granddaddy of all giant monster movies, a god among children, the inspiration for all the other city-destroying creatures in cinematic history. I admit, I keep a watchful eye on Amazon for someone to release some kind of super duper mega boxed set for me to blow a week’s salary on, and then I’ll spend an entire weekend holed up in my basement loaded on scotch. Which will be totally different from all of my other weekends.
Anyway, a new adaptation of Godzilla has been in the works for some time now, something that I’ve always been somewhat nervous about. After being burned by that horrendous Emmerich film in 1998 (OK, I own it and have seen it a dozen times, but still, it’s terrible — I just can’t stop myself from buying giant monster movies), modernizing the ‘Zilla is a fearsome prospect. Legendary Pictures is on the case though, and they released some early promo art, seen below, that gives a glimpse of what they’re going for. It’s pretty righteous stuff, I must say:
Anyway, they apparently have found their director, and for once I’m happy to report that it’s actually an outstanding choice. Gareth Edwards, who directed the incredibly beautiful, shoe-string-budgeted Monsters, is near to signing a deal that will task him with bringing the big radioactive bastard to the big screen. It’s actually an outstanding choice, though an unsurprising one. They need someone who loves monster movies, someone with a great vision, and someone with some fresh perspective. Edwards clearly has all of those traits, as well as the ability to make a good film, not just throw Godzilla into a big city, have him fuck shit up, and surround him with terrible dialogue and ridiculous actors (seriously, fuck you Emmerich. Jean Reno was the only decent part of that movie. OK, Hank Azaria was alright as well).
Edwards succeeded in doing several unlikely things with Monsters — making a visually impressive movie on little money, creating interesting characters that were just as engaging as the creatures themselves, and rolling it all together into an intense, affecting movie. I’m sure Godzilla will (hopefully) have a bit more camp to it, but he’s still an outstanding choice. Given my love for Monsters (it made my top ten of last year), selecting him is a very, very good move.