At first, I had little-to-no reaction to news of a Godzilla reboot. When I was younger, I liked Roland Emmerich’s ridiculous effort at recreating the iconic monster, but as I’ve gotten older I can hardly stand it. However, when I knew that Gareth Edwards was on board to direct I started whistling an entirely different tune. Given my excitement for gigantic monster action couldn’t get much higher- until the official trailer for Godzilla surfaced online.
I tell you what, if I had any doubts that Edwards could pull this off, they were quickly and violently snuffed out with this trailer. The music, the lack of music, the special effects, the cinematography, and my God, the minimal use of Godzilla in general – it’s lining up perfectly for me. It opens right off the bat with tensions running high as the military is gearing up to jump from a plane on a mission to do God knows what, but it looks fantastic. There’s a shot of the jumpers descending from some ominous clouds followed by red smoke that is just incredible and when they approach the destruction Godzilla has caused, there’s a split-second shot of the beast coming into sight before the camera cuts to a series of character shots and other cool looking special effect shots. The music swells perfectly until the final shot that perfectly obscures what everyone is waiting for behind shadows and dust and then the iconic roar bursts through the speakers and I was giddy with excitement as the title card popped up and the trailer ended. See it for yourself and tell me you’re not excited.
I know reboots often disappoint, but with Edwards at the helm, I believe this will at least be entertaining. Granted, all we really have to go by is his debut film, Monsters, but I happen to really love that film. The trailer alone is infinitely more watchable than Emmerich’s version and I intend to watch this trailer multiple times until new footage surfaces. Look for Godzilla in theaters May 16, 2014.
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