On Feb. 25, 2014, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures premiered the second trailer for 2014's "Godzilla," starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe. The movie is scheduled for release in U.S. and Canadian cinemas on May 16, 2014. The trailer, which has been getting mostly positive reactions from Godzilla fans, got more than 2 million views in its first day on the official "Godzilla" movie YouTube channel. The first "Godzilla" (2014) trailer got more than 1 million views in its first day on the official "Godzilla" movie YouTube channel.
Here is Warner Bros.' description of "Godzilla" (2014):
An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
Gareth Edwards directs "Godzilla," which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson ("Kick-Ass"), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe ("The Last Samurai," "Inception"), Elizabeth Olsen ("Martha Marcy May Marlene"), Oscar winner Juliette Binoche ("The English Patient," "Cosmopolis"), and Sally Hawkins ("Blue Jasmine"), with Oscar® nominee David Strathairn ("Good Night, and Good Luck.," "The Bourne Legacy") and Bryan Cranston ("Argo," TV's "Breaking Bad").
This "Godzilla" movie will inevitably get compared to previous "Godzilla" movies, most of which are available on DVD and VOD.
Many of the fans commenting on the Internet are saying that they are pleased with how Godzilla looks in the 2014 movie. The trailers tease the appearance of Godzilla but does not fully show the creature. "Godzilla" director Edwards says that holding back on the full reveal of the monster was the plan from the beginning.
Edwards, Taylor-Johnson, Olsen and Cranston gathered to talk about the movie at a "Godzilla" press conference at Comic-Con International in 2013. Here is what Edwards said about not revealing the Godzilla creature too early: "With these films, you're going to sit in the cinema for two hours and you want to see Godzilla and you want to see him fight something else. If you just do it straight away and everything is all the way up to 11 the whole time, it might as well be at zero because it has no effect.
"And so, it's all about contrast. We tried to build the structure and rhythm of the movie we tried to create in such a way that the climax is more and more and more and more. By the end of the film, hopefully it's as powerful as it can be, when you get all of those moments, which come throughout the movie. In classic movies like 'Jaws' and 'Jurassic Park,' they don't actually show the monster [too early]."
At the press conference, Cranston (who is featured prominently in the second "Godzilla" trailer) talked about the first time that he saw a "Godzilla" movie: "My discovery of Godzilla was back in the '50s when the Raymond Burr movie in '56, I think, came out the year I was born. Watching that on TV as a kid, it was astonishing, even for its time. It was amazing to see those special effects that were state-of-the-art at the time. I just loved it.
"For a boy to watch that, it was great destruction and a wonderful use of miniatures. But our tastes have become more sophisticated since then and certainly now. That's what's so great about this version of Godzilla is that there was careful concern to develop the plot lines and intricacies, and the character development.
"Without us, as actors and performers, getting into our roles, the audiences wouldn't be invested either. That's what makes it more interesting for me is that I believe audiences will truly be invested in these characters, and riding with them through the tensions and fears and anxieties that the characters are going through. You'll feel it more, and it will ultimately be a better experience for you."
Here is a sampling of Internet comments about the second "Godzilla" trailer:
From the official "Godzilla" movie Facebook page:
"Wow ladies and gentlemen... THE KING HAS RETURNED!!!!"
"Stuck my earplugs in at work.. watched this 2nd trailer like child anxious to see Santa Claus. I grew up on monster films so I'm giddy with excitement about this film.
"Hellz yea Godzilla done right....not that crappy other remake ...."
"This trailer alone is better than the 1998 movie."
"Holy SH.T, That was so good. The trailer was done so right, leaving me wanting more."
"Hell yeah it did. Not many trailers can achieve this including not spoiling everything in the trailer."
"It's not the Godzilla we need right now but the one we deserve!!!!"
"It looks more like the original. Perfect."
"Seems to me this is definitely in direct connection to the 1954 Godzilla. I LOVE THAT."
"3D IMAX. OPENING NIGHT. my whole life as a GODZILLA fan has led up to this. Gareth Edwards.. i love you."
"That last shot of Godzilla roaring into the shelter doors...Fantastic:)"
"Godzilla surviving a atomic bomb and this just make him pissed off ? NOW THIS IS A GODZILLA MOVIE!!!!"
"I will never forgive myself if i dont watch this on the big screen."
"I don't care how crappy the acting/story is. The effects and CGI in this look like they're totally worth it."
"An American Godzilla movie that we always wanted!"
"Oh, at 2:07, anyone have a guess as to which classic Godzilla monster they're bringing back? I hope they add in Destoroyah to the mix."
"Omg i can't wait for this movie to come out."
"Another Cloverfield type movie lol."
"Welp. No need to see this movie, the trailer gave everything away."
"This looks like a good 2 hours of action and overall good time."
"It is safe and better off to have low expectations. However, it has to be better than the previous remakes by a long shot. "
"They need to stop hyping everything that comes out nowadays, It becomes such a huge thing that by the time it actually comes out, people expect so much and get let down."
"Where there's money to be made, who cares about let downs."