If this new trailer released on December 10 is any indication, the latest incarnation of the giant reptilian monster continues the trend of depicting fantasy elements in all their realistic, catastrophic glory. Godzilla (AKA Gojira in Japanese), is a Kaiju who first debuted in Ishiro Honda's 1954 film, "Godzilla." The titular creature was originally a metaphor for the atomic bomb but in each incarnation gradually transformed into a comical hero for kids; screenwriter Frank Darabont has alluded in an io9 interview that he will be returning Godzilla to his roots:
Frank Darabont: What I found very interesting about Godzilla is that he started off definitely as a metaphor for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And some of the atom bomb testing we were doing in the South Pacific in the subsequent years. The giant terrifying force of nature that comes and stomps the $#!+ out of your city, that was Godzilla. Filtered through the very fanciful imaginations of the Japanese perception. And then he became Clifford the Big Red Dog in the subsequent films. He became the mascot of Japan, he became the protector of Japan. Another big ugly monster would show up and he would fight that monster to protect Japan. Which I never really quite understood, the shift.
This new version will hopefully make up for Roland Emmerich's bland reimagination of Godzilla in 1998 in which he was stripped of his breath weapon and baby Godzillas reenacted the velociraptor scene from "Jurassic Park." In the same way that "Man of Steel" demonstrated the terrifying effects of superheroes destroying city blocks, it seems "Godzilla" will show a similar amount of destruction. Darabont hints that Godzilla will be tied to a "different contemporary issue" but what that is remains to be seen. What is certain is that there will be several other giant monsters for Godzilla to battle, a path paved by "Pacific Rim."
Here are some web sites to scratch the giant monster itch while we wait for "Godzilla" to arrive:
- Godzilla Movie: The official web site.
- Godzilla Augmented Reality: View an animation of Godzilla breathing radioactive fire superimposed over a webcam image.
- Godzilla Encounter: Multimedia from the debut of Godzilla content at San Diego Comic Con 2013.
- M.U.T.O.: See the new trailer, courtesy of the organization that is presumably created to fend off giant monster attacks.
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