The latest trailer for Toho’s Godzilla: Resurgence features government meetings and a monster that doesn’t move, but it already looks better than Hollywood’s efforts.
Legendary’s Godzilla (2014) was the greatest troll in modern cinema. All the film’s marketing materials suggested we were in for a Godzilla as frightening as he was in 1954. What’s more, Bryan Cranston was going to be in it!
Unfortunately, the actual film failed to live up. Cranston’s interesting, emotionally engaging, tortured character was promptly killed off in favour of Kick-Ass’ flat, one note protagonist. At the end Godzilla was clapped at by Americans and hailed as the city’s saviour on national news – that’s better than Superman got!
Fortunately, this agitated original Japanese makers Toho Studios enough to step up to the plate and show us gaijin what Godzilla’s really all about; a towering, radioactive symbol of humankind’s capacity for mass destruction.
This tactic has already worked once before. Godzilla was supposed to be over in 1994 after Godzilla vs Destoroyah (actual title). This fell by the wayside when Roland Emmerich released his own remake; Toho fired back in the form of Godzilla 2000.
The franchise was supposed to end again in 2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars, a 2 hour long kaiju clutserfuck featuring every monster Godzilla’s ever fought. It looked like the peace was going to last, but the latest American Godzilla spurred Toho into action again, creating what the film’s executive producer calls “the largest-scale Japanese production ever made”.