Trailer: GODZILLA Is Pure Gravitas

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Trailer: GODZILLA Is Pure Gravitas
Woah. And... woah...

The new trailer for Gareth Edwards' take on Godzilla arrived today and it sure knows how to instill a bit of fear in the hearts of us measly mammals. Over some starkly terrifying shots of destroyed cities we've got a bit of Bryan Cranston demanding answers for what was "not an earthquake or typhoon." As the images build, sprinkling more human faces into the disaster, Ken Watanabe actually gives reference to Godzilla's origins, and I mean he says "1954". Chills, people, chills. But what is so impressive about this trailer is that Edwards has created a sense of scale and space that is really awe inspiring and unsettling, putting perspective on how small we really are, not just in the universe, but on the planet we live on... not the planet we own or run... clearly. Pacific Rim never achieved that kind of perspective. Then again that was intentionally a cartoon, and this is... not.

Godzilla opens in most parts of the world May 15th and 16th (U.S. included).  
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william chandraFebruary 25, 2014 3:40 PM

i get chills on my bone, this is it!

stonedcommanderFebruary 25, 2014 3:46 PM

Please...I hope this movie is as awesome as it looks in this trailer...I am losing faith in Hollywood films, this could restore it some.

BerndFebruary 25, 2014 4:39 PM

Man, I can't stand it when they remake more or less not-very-old films. Dudes, it was 19-fuckin-98 when "Godzilla" came out. Keep the films a bit at rest when you go huntin' for remake-worthy stuff. Darn!

Todd BrownFebruary 25, 2014 4:51 PM

Yes, because clearly the 30+ Japanese Godzilla films and related spin offs have been solely concerned with artistic purity. Please ...

benuFebruary 25, 2014 5:10 PM

My guess on the above is that it was a joke.

Mehaillien ThundercrossFebruary 25, 2014 7:38 PM

Has to be. An obvious one, at that.

Mehaillien ThundercrossFebruary 25, 2014 7:44 PM

Godzilla looks like Godzilla, which is important. I'm glad they kept the anthropomorphic features, such as walking upright and human per-portioned arms. What I am curious about is the villain of this movie. It's too early for me to solidify a guess, but there appeared to be some sort of creature knocking planes out of the sky just before diving in the water. I don't think it's Mothra, maybe King Ghidorah?! Seems a bit soon to be pulling the trigger on a baddy like that, but if the franchise has proved anything it's hard to keep King Ghidorah dead for long.

Todd BrownFebruary 25, 2014 7:59 PM

Years of working online have taught me to never underestimate the human capacity for foolish opinions poorly stated.

benuFebruary 25, 2014 9:17 PM

I hear ya. You do know better than most. The use of 'dudes' feels like a dead giveaway to me though. So if so, obviously a poor joke. C'est la vie!

Gopal NatarajanFebruary 25, 2014 9:59 PM

Possibly Rodan. It looked like a bird as it dove into the water.

DJ_BobbyPeruFebruary 26, 2014 8:50 AM

Being a Godzilla nut as a kid, I'm really hoping that this turns out great. Everything I've seen and read about it seems right on point. If it sucks, this would be my Phantom Menace moment.

Todd HarringtonFebruary 26, 2014 11:44 AM

Can't. Wait. Gareth Edwards is a stud.

Also, it looks to me like some notions from the old Rossio & Elliot Tri-Star draft have crept into this version, and -- if so -- that's a good thing. One of the best scripts (imo) they ever wrote.

Jeff NachtFebruary 26, 2014 3:13 PM

From what I gather, it's not Rodan, but a new kind of kaiju invented especially for the movie. Leaked info about toys talk of Muto monsters. There's expected to be one that flies, and one that walks. Something to do with how they got the rights for the Big G, but not any other kaiju from Toho.

Mehaillien ThundercrossFebruary 26, 2014 9:34 PM

I suspect you're right, maybe similar monsters without referencing specific copyrighted names.

HowardFebruary 26, 2014 9:35 PM

Pacific Rim was a piece of shit. Didn't give justice to Japanese Gundams. This Godzilla trailer feels Japanese even though it's an entirely white cast save for token Ken Watanabi (why can't they pick somebody else but him??) Anyways I look forward to seeing this!

HowardFebruary 26, 2014 9:36 PM

it's ultraman

HowardFebruary 26, 2014 9:37 PM

nigga please, the only good thing about that 1998 flick was Pdiddy cripwalking to Slash

Rage72February 27, 2014 10:58 PM

I'd read that script, as well as seen the amazing monster designs from the late Stan Winston way back in 1994. To tell you the truth, I liked the Winston Godzilla design better than this current design for Godzilla 2014.