The last time Godzilla graced movie screens in an Americanized version of the infamous Japanese creature that wreaks havoc upon cities (usually Tokyo) and the military, it was in 1998 for director Roland Emmerich's (Independence Day) silly and awful interpretation for Sony Entertainment. Even though the movie made money, it was reviled by critics and hardcore fans unanimously for its campy and comedic take on the creature.
Created originally in a 1950's black and white classic Gojira (retitled Godzilla: King Of Monsters for U.S. audiences), the big green beast has enjoyed a legacy for almost seven decades as one of Japan's most iconic movie creations that is a satirical statement on nuclear war and has battled his share of monstrous foes, including wild creations Gigan, Biollante, Mechagodzilla and even King Kong himself in one of the most memorable movie showdowns ever.
On May 16, 2014, Warner Bros. studios and Legendary Pictures (marking the final collaboration between the two companies) will release Godzilla yet again for North American audiences, but this time it won't be for laughs. Director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) has crafted a blockbuster that is dead serious over the creature and the havoc that comes with him, as it pits Godzilla as an obvious threat to mankind, but he is needed in order to put an end to another mysterious creature's existence that is laying waste to cities all over the world.
To entice audiences and prove that this film is no joke, Edwards has recruited a remarkable cast of polished actors and promising talent to round out the film, including Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Ken Watanabe (Inception), David Strathairn (Good Luck & Good Night), with Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen (both in the upcoming Avengers: Age Of Ultron). Not only that, but for the first time ever, Godzilla will be shown in 3D for added gargantuan effect.
The project was initially kept as highly top secret and came out of nowhere when Gareth Edwards teased a surprise teaser trailer and poster and 2012's Comic-Con. Ever since then, fans have waited with bated breath to see Godzilla's new creature design, which based on previews appears far more menacing and authentic to his original design than 1998's effort, taking influences from bears and komodo dragons. Edwards also views his character as an anti-hero:
"Godzilla is definitely a representation of the wrath of nature. The theme is man versus nature and Godzilla is certainly the nature side of it. You can't win that fight. Nature's always going to win and that's what the subtext of our movie is about. He's the punishment we deserve." - Gareth Edwards (www.imdb.com)
2014 marks Godzilla's 60th anniversary and the new film aims to bring him back in the biggest and most eerily way possible. Taking a cue from Jaws, much of the film will be spent building up to the creature's appearance, with most of his terrifying presence being felt off-screen. Will fans and newcomers return to theater seats to embrace the return of the green big guy, or will the film have difficulty in generating a massive profit for Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment much in the same manner as another monstrous spectacle in 2013's highly underrated Pacific Rim?
Godzilla will be playing at Cineplex Odeon First Markham Place Cinemas for local Markham residents in both 3D and 2D formats. The film is rated PG for violence and frightening scenes. It is not recommended for young children.