The first Godzilla trailer did a wonderful job establishing the mood and atmosphere for Gareth Edwards’ entry into the 60 year franchise. It also gave a damn good impression of how enormous and terrifying the radioactive monster would be, but nothing gets across how truly frightening a giant kaiju is like Bryan Cranston‘s performance in this latest trailer.
That roar is giving me chills!
Cranston’s entire voice over is just fantastic. The way he borders on hysteria while accusing someone – the government most likely – of keeping the existence of Godzilla a secret is a knockout performance. He may even steal the movie from his giant green co-star!
Along with managing to scare the crap out of me this trailer provides more insight in to what’s actually going on in Godzilla. There are all these shots of Godzilla making his way across the country, of his path of destruction, like the shot of the Statue of Liberty all torn up. The majority of the film is expected to take place in San Fransisco, but this suggests Godzilla takes the scenic route getting there. They also reference nuclear tests back in 1954 in what’s a great tie-in to the original Godzilla, released that year.
Then there’s this shot:
Staring right into the belly of the beast! Or at least its esophagus, and we all know where that leads. This is easily our best look at Godzilla’s face yet and y’know what? I might have just peed my pants a little. All the more credit to Cranston then, for being able to convey the terror of facing off against this guy when all he really had to react to was a tennis ball on a stick.
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.
Joining Cranston in Godzilla are Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, and David Strathairn.
Godzilla will be destroying a theatre near you May 6th. How do you feel about Edwards’ Godzilla after this trailer? Trembling in a terror just a bit?