Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have finally unleashed the first trailer for director Gareth Edwards' Godzilla, which reinvents the franchise for today's audiences without losing any of the iconic imagery that made him the classic monster he has become over the decades. The trailer opens with a paramilitary outfit dropping out of the sky to fire missiles at the mammoth lizard's head. We also get to see some of the massive damage he's done to one of our major cities, and a look at that almost-too impressive cast. Watch the trailer again with us, and check out 6 things to love about Godzilla 2014.
1 The New Godzilla Design!
Somehow, director Gareth Edwards found a way to take the original 1954 Godzilla design and turn it into something very modern yet classic, updating the monster with a finesse not usually seen in most modern day reboots. Godzilla: 1985 was the first time the U.S. got in on the excitement of releasing a new movie featuring the giant lizard, but it was still a Toho production and it marked the final film special effects art director Yasuyuki Inoue, who had been with the franchise since the beginning, would participate in. He gave the behemoth beast a fresh design that didn't stray too far from its inception. If you go back, you'll see that he retains the aesthetic, and its close to what we see here, in this new version. It wasn't until 1998 that an American filmmaker would completely bastardize the sea beast, churning out what is considered one of the worst Godzilla designs of all time (note: I'm not stating this as fact, its just what I've heard from fans throughout the last three decades). Roland Emmerich's version has its admires (and dang, they're hardcore), but his particular monster has been mocked numerous times in the many Japanese Godzilla sequels since its release. This new Godzilla, found here, standing in the rubble of a lost city, won't fall under that same scrutiny. It hasn't set out to completely recreating what has come before it. This feels iconic in every way. And we love what we're seeing so far.
How excited are you after seeing this first footage from Godzilla? Is this what you want in your giant lizard movie? Or do you think no one will ever match what Roland Emmerich did? What about you die hard Ishirô Honda? Is it 'man in suit' for you forever? Or do you like this?