Welp, it took sixteen years but it really looks like we’re going to get a good American Godzilla movie after all. The latest trailer promises drama, giant monsterS PLURAL, human characters that may not be the worst thing of all time and some amazing, intense visuals in the style of the 1954 original.
So yeah, plenty to talk about here but I’ll cut to the chase:
That looks like Rodan. It COULD be an F-22 or 35 with a bay open, but that looks more like a big ol’ dinosaur bird monster with its feet primed for grabbin’. Also the fact that the next scene in the trailer is…
… a giant tail with an F-35 falling out of the sky. GODZILLA DON’T FLY, SON.
What this means is, Legendary may have rights to additional Toho monsters and isn’t being particularly upfront about it. In a good way, of course. I want to be surprised a la Thanos, to not know the real twists until I’m there on opening day. And if that means we get Rodan, Gigan or whatever else in addition to the suggested insectoid creature, fuggin’ great.
I’m also pretty happy with the “nature is the boss, don’t think you’ve mastered it” vibe of the trailer. Godzilla is at his best when he’s an allegory for our own hubris / arrogance, and if there’s a way to make an American / Western audience feel that horror even 5% as much as a moviegoing Japanese audience in 1954 did, then it’ll be a success. That’s a hard line to walk though… hopefully it’s done well.
But given that Toho would even TALK to Hollywood after that ’90s mess and stay the course with Legendary / Gareth Edwards suggests something’s going right.