Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Trailer Triumph: Godzilla (2014)

We all know that Hollywood loves remaking things. In the past couple of years we've gotten mediocre remakes such as Total Recall, Evil Dead, Old Boy and Carrie to name a few. It makes it hard to get excited for remakes when so few are even watchable. This summer we'll see the release of Godzilla. This is the second time Hollywood has tried to make a Godzilla film, the first being a major flop. This time around the studio hired talented, award winning actors such as Bryan Cranston, Sally Hawkins, Ken Wantanabe and Elizabeth Olsen and they got director Gareth Edwards, most famous for the Godzilla inspired flick Monsters. With that kind of talent it's easy to say: "How could they screw that up?!". Well, after seeing countless disappointing movies that feature amazing casts/directors/writers I'm a little hesitant to make that exclamation anymore.

Yesterday, any doubts I've had about this film were completely crushed like a Japanese building under the mighty foot of the King of the Monsters. The second trailer was just released and it took my breath away. It was seemingly everything I want from a modern day Godzilla movie: dark, destructive and utterly terrifying! Sure the Showa series (Godzilla movies made between 1954- 1975) are classics, the Heisei series (1984-1995) were interesting and the Millennium series (1999-2004) were fun but none of them came close to the original film. The original film in my opinion plays out like a horror movie. It is truly terrifying. An uncontrollable, seemingly unstoppable, mutated creature utterly destroys a metropolis like it's nothing. The original wasn't a joke. It wasn't a family movie. It wasn't just two guys in rubber suits beating each other up. It was a reflection of the horrors inflicted on a nation. It was fear. Fear of the unknown effects of a nuclear bomb. Fear of the monster that could strike at any time and the scars it left in it's wake. I take the first movie seriously and from the looks of the new trailer so do the makers of this new adaptation.

This looks like a disaster film of epic proportions and I for one can't wait to be scared again by the terror of Godzilla. Watch the trailer above and get ready for total destruction of the box office on May 16th of this year.

-T. Reinert

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