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.
I mean, damn.