We haven’t heard much about ol’ Shin Gojira / Godzilla Resurgence since its December teaser, but today Toho unleashed a proper trailer for its all-new take on its radioactive menace.
So… lots to say here.
First, I LOVE the dramatic, almost horrific treatment of Godzilla’s arrival. Instead of a billion fast cuts or droning Zimmer horns, we get a sad, slowly rising sense of dread. Watch in despair as all our tanks fire their rounds into Godzilla’s impervious shins!
The fiery orange look isn’t entirely new – fans may remember it from Destroyah – but it looks especially cool alongside Zilla’s new reptilian visage. He sure does look like a giant, radioactive lizard on the verge of a meltdown.
I also really enjoyed the emphasis on his tail. Even in close up shots we are constantly reminded of this insanely long appendage (??) and the extra damage it could do as Godzilla carelessly stomps around the city.
All that said, I leave with two concerns. One, Godzilla is standing almost completely still in most of his clips. The tail is active and alive, but the body is kinda just looming. Maybe not an issue, but something to consider – they did say they’re using all the SFX Japan can muster to make this look good, so here’s hoping.
Two, please god(zilla) don’t let the movie devolve into a special Godzilla task force or a group of specially trained teens or some other version of this division / group nonsense that chokes the life out of so much anime. Military factions? OK, fine. But hnnnnnn please don’t have teens with powers or weird mech suits or Matrix flips, each with its own freaking logo and costume. Just be a movie about a man-made monster that we struggle against all odds to stop.
Godzilla Resurgence is co-directed by Shinji Higuchi (live action Attack on Titan, storyboards on Kill la Kill) and Hideaki Anno (aka Mr Evangelion) and lands on July 29.