The 'Godzilla' marketing team is doing a superb job of ratcheting up anticipation for the 2014 remake of the classic movie monster. And this latest Asian trailer released April 29, goes one step further in showing the scope and ambition of director Gareth Edwards drastic re-imagining.
One thing that's been hinted at in earlier previews, but not fully disseminated is clarified here; Godzilla isn't the only force of destruction threatening humanity, and two other giant beasts are revealed in the clip. One of which looks like a clear descendant of old-school Godzilla foe Rodan, even if this has been expressly denied by the filmmakers.
What's even more interesting is that Godzilla may be the good guy in this situation. Aaron Taylor Johnson's character asks Ken Watanabe's character "Can you kill it?" And he responds, "I believe something can." Johnson responds with "A monster?' And Sally Hawkins voice off-camera claims; "No. A God." While Bryan Cranston is featured in the trailer, he's given less prominence than in previous previews.
Given Godzilla's creators at Japan's Toho Studio gave Edwards strict instructions about what he couldn't do to the character (the main tenet being that the creature cannot kill humans), having him return as a feisty ant-hero makes sense. And if rumors are to be believed that the winged creature is the result of genetic engineering, then that sets the template for Godzilla to show that nature will always counteract human meddling.
Godzilla was created as a metaphor for nuclear fallout, and he still can serve a purpose providing commentary on ecological issues. Or as Watanabe's character states, "The arrogance of man is thinking nature is in our control, and not the other way around" It looks to be a giant monster smack-down the likes of which we've never seen.
'Godzilla' will be released May 16, 2014 from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. Advance tickets are currently on sale.