With the new trailer for Godzilla (2014) being released this week, it is obvious that the question on everybody’s mind is going to be: “Is this going to be better than the old Godzilla (1998)? You know, with Ferris Bueller?” Or maybe instead it’s: “What’s Walter White doing running down that hallway?”
That’s right, the franchise which has been rebooted (and rebooted.. and rebooted more times than the Hulk) stars Brian Cranston as frightened scientist Joe Brody. It’s also got Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick Ass), David Strathairn (Bourne/Good Night and Good Luck), and Ken Wanatabe (Inception). This cast will be bolstered by a string of writers including Shawshank Redemption/The Walking Dead’s Frank Darabont, David Goyer (The Dark Knight) and Max Borenstein (Seventh Son). This is good news for movie-goers, although excellent casts have been squandered before.
That being said, it won’t be hard to make a better Godzilla movie than Roland Emmerich’s 1998 attempt. Although only a teaser trailer has been released for the 2014 version, it will be easy to best its dismal predecessor. Emmerich made a movie that was devoid tension, absent of good acting, and missing a good script. It’s just a giant lizard running through the perpetually destroyed Big Apple without much else. And while I enjoy big explosions and watching the Empire State Building fall over as much as the next 15-year-old boy, it gets old after a while. Reelviews‘ James Bernardinelli aptly described it as “Jurassic Park meets Aliens, with a little Independence Day thrown in for bad measure.” There was no heart, no terror, no bone-chilling thundering that we should be able to expect from a Godzilla movie. This reboot could change all that.
One thing’s for sure, this movie will definitely be better for one awesome reason — other Monsters. According to IMDB, an “insect-like” creature made an appearance in the trailer shown at Comic-Con 2013. Also an online toy distrubutor revealed that one of them will be the freakish looking ”Muto,” pictured below. (Arachnophobia beware!)
What’s twice as awesome as a monster destroying San Francisco? Two monsters destroying San Francisco.
Godzilla is so ridiculously huge and dangerous that I’m hoping we see a creature who won’t shy away from a few bullets and who won’t hide in a subway system (like the 1998 one did).
Set to be released in May of next year, this movie appears to be bigger, badder, and more importantly, darker.