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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

Godzilla trailer: this is gonna be awesome

Bryan Cranston is very angry and very scared! So you know things are very very bad.

“All those nuclear tests in the Pacific… not tests.” Ooo, that gave me chills. You noticed this, yes?


So cool.

I feel like it’s been way too long since we had a really good monster movie. Please let this be one.

US/Canada release date: May 16 2014 | UK release date: May 16 2014
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  • LJS

    Fingers crossed.

  • Jurgan

    “All those nuclear tests in the Pacific… not tests.”

    I don’t know, isn’t this kind of missing the point? Godzilla was supposed to be created by nukes, not something we used nukes against. That seems backwards. Then again, maybe it’s a deliberate inversion- the rest of the trailer sounds like it’s doing a message about how we shouldn’t mess with nature. Perhaps that’s why the nukes didn’t work. We’ll see, I guess.

  • The first bombs woke him up. The subsequent ones just made him angry, I guess. In an “I’m up, I’m up! Sheesh!” kind of way, perhaps.

  • Damian Barajas

    A friend was mentioning the trailer just yesterday, and I was saying (And I say a lot of crazy, nonsensical things) that the movie could only possibly work as a Hollywood style production if they took their inspiration from Cloverfield. And this reminds me of Cloverfield.

  • MisterAntrobus

    Glad they’re sticking with using the Ligeti Requiem in the trailers. Even though the ubiquitous BWOM snuck into this one, the eerie voices stil make the hair stand on my head – and I’ve seen 2001: A Space Odyssey a dozen times.

  • Tonio Kruger

    Apparently, there is never a giant moth around when you need one…

  • Karl Morton IV

    So… we’re okay with mass death and destruction in summer movies now, are we? Or have the hand-wringers who whinged about “Man of Steel”‘s morality and tasteless 9/11-echoing not seen this yet?

    Looks kind of amazing, but we thought the Roland Emmerich one looked pretty good too – until we saw it. I love how they’re (apparently?) making use of the legacy/backstory as opposed to pretending this is the first giant monster movie ever. Cautiously optimistic, just about covers it. :)

  • Jonathan Roth

    There’s a considerable difference between Godzilla and “Man of Steel”. Godzilla is a natural disaster. Superman is supposedly an embodiment of superior morality and ability.

    When Superman causes thermonuclear carpet-bombing devastation on Metropolis, we kind of expect the implications of his actions to be recognized.

  • Jonathan Roth

    This one, I think I HAVE to see in IMAX.

  • Karl Morton IV

    That would be a no, then. LOL!

  • Danielm80

    Looks kind of amazing, but we thought the Roland Emmerich one looked pretty good too – until we saw it.

    What do you mean we, kemosabe?

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    Personally, I’m pulling for a rocket-turtle. Preferably one that’s full of meat.

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    Point of order: Superman did not cause the “thermonuclear carpet-bombing devastation on Metropolis” and was in fact on the other side of the world while that was happening. One can certainly question the soundness of that plan, but that is what happened.

  • Jonathan Roth

    True at first. Once the Zod fight kicked in though…

  • Says who?

  • wasn’t Pacific Rim good? I liked it, wasn’t great, but good.

  • He’s contractually owned by another company, so… nope.

  • The earlier trailer, the one with the HALO jump… was so much more effective and impressive.

  • There’s now some distance between 9/11 and today. We can depict mass destruction… just not in a Michael-Bay, cool-let’s-blow-stuff-up kind of way.

  • Tonio Kruger

    The trailer, by implication at least. Of course, they could be saving the giant moth for the sequel…

  • Gamera!

  • Yeah, I thought the same thing when she said that. It definitely qualifies as a good monster movie.

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    No. No it wasn’t,

  • Dr. Rocketscience


  • Yes, it was good. I guess it wasn’t that memorable for me though!

  • LaSargenta

    HIM?!!!! Not according to Hauro Nakajima, the original “suit actor” for Godzilla. Godzilla was protecting her egg…the future Minya.

  • LaSargenta

    Weeeeeell, I argue how “natural” the Godzilla-disaster is…

  • Karl Morton IV

    Wasn’t “Man of Steel” out only last year?

  • Karl Morton IV

    Back in the buildup to it, the idea of a Godzilla movie from the “Independence Day” guys sounded like all kinds of goofy summer fun – anyone claiming they knew in advance that what we got was what we were gonna get is probably grateful that we’re talking about sixteen years ago.

  • I stand corrected.

  • Karl Morton IV

    I’ve never understood the thinking that Superman being able to call time out and relocate the fight to somewhere uninhabited would have made the movie better. Yeah, reducing the threat of a god-like, mentally unstable bad guy with a lifetime’s worth of experience and training as an ass-kicking soldier over our hero would’ve been just great.

  • Rebecca Dalmas

    That’s what I thought at the last bit when you see Godzilla’s head…it felt like I was spying on the T-Rex that plagued my childhood nightmares, and any second it would zone in on my precise location. Eek!

  • Rebecca Dalmas

    I am pumped!

  • Danielm80

    The tag line for the movie was “Size does matter.” That was kind of a clue.

  • LJS

    At Boskone that year, Bob Eggleton made a quick classic Gozilla sketch with the tagline “Thighs do matter”. Eggleton was hopeful about this version, so I have my fingers crossed.

  • Jonathan Roth

    To me there are two choices with Superman: he’s either a mythical figure, or a logical figure.

    A mythical figure is aspirational, which is why mythic Superman can find a way to prevent or reduce damage, or keep from killing an opponent. The logical figure is the deconstruction: what would a person with this level of power be like in a “real” world?

    When the two get crossed, writers either end up promoting a twisted morality as aspirational (Three cheers for genocide!), or just creating unbelievable reactions to events.

    (Now, perhaps this could set up the most sympathetic and nuanced version of Lex Luthor ever, as a good guy who genuinely believes Superman is the greatest threat to humanity. I personally think that’s expecting too much from Zach Snyder)

  • Jonathan Roth

    Yeah, I knew I’d get into trouble on that. :P

  • RogerBW

    It doesn’t yell “great movie” at me; maybe I’ve just soured on mass destruction as a signifier of awesomeness. But we’ll see.

  • Tonio Kruger

    After all the fuss made over such dubious American pop culture heroes as Rambo, Dirty Harry Callahan and Jack Bauer, I have a hard time seeing why the idea that Superman should not kill is such a controversial idea. But I guess that’s just me.

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