Gareth Edwards’ ‘Godzilla’ Reboot Roundup: New Stills, Director Breaks Down Trailer & Review of Godzilla’s First 20 Minute
As the May 16th premiere date for Gareth Edwards‘ Godzilla reboot gets closer, there are tons of bits and pieces about it flying around the Internet. We’ve gathered some of the latest and greatest here for you in the Godzilla Roundup.
First up is a gallery of new production stills from Empire Magazine featuring some dust filled shots of Godzilla, or some other monster, along with some shots of Brian Cranston, director Gareth Edwards, Aaron Taylor Johnson, and Elizabeth Olsen:
Empire also had this trailer breakdown by director Gareth Edwards. You’ve got to take a look at this. Edwards really does love the Godzilla monster franchise. He’s taken an original look at the series and from what I’ve seen, we won’t be disappointed. Yeah, I’m looking at you Matthew Broderick!
You might want to stop here if you don’t want any more spoilers besides what one might see in a trailer. We’ve got a translation from the German site Moviepilot who had the opportunity to check out the first 20 minutes of Godzilla.
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We received a surprise email from a site in Germany, MoviePilot today with a translation of their post about the first twenty minutes of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot. Edwards was in Hamburg screening those first 20 minutes to the press and anyone else who wandered by that morning.
Instead of just cherry picking through it, here is the entire translated post. This would be your last chance to turn away, but if you’re this far, you might as well read it over.
Why did Edwards chose Hamburg for presenting 20 minutes from the hotly anticipated new movie Godzilla? Apparently not for marketing reasons. Gareth Edwards personally decided on Hamburg for nostalgic reasons, since his directorial debut Monsters premiered in Hamburg for the Fantasy Film Festival in 2010.
We have seen these scenes, and talked to Gareth Edwards, and this is how much we can tell you: The initial scene takes place in a nuclear power station in Tokyo. Something goes wrong, and nuclear physicist Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) is able to avert a disaster. However, he has to deal with a personal loss. 15 years later we return to the same nuclear power station. This time the physicist in charge is Daisuke Serizawa (Ken Watanabe). Brody is sitting in an interrogation room.
He is accusing colleagues from the power station as well as the government to hush up something… The reason for the incident 15 years ago was not an earthquake. It was something much worse, something they created that is returning. Moreover, Brody wants his son Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-
Johnson) back. Bryan Cranston delivers these emotional scenes convincingly.
As we have already learned watching the trailers, Ford is part of a special unit of the army in charge of delivering a certain radioactive load by train that is supposed to have an effect on the monsters or the threat they are posing. We cannot tell you what effect, however, you have read this correctly: the monsters! plural! Edwards kindly asked us not to reveal what their appearance.
The skydiving sequence from the trailer was also shown in Hamburg, but with additional scenes and edited differently. The additional footage contained something enormous, or to put it in Gareth Edwards’ words: “When you want to watch a movie with a kaiju like Godzilla, you don’t just want to see it fighting humans.” Gareth Edwards also mentioned being a huge fan of Pacific Rim and Guillermo del Toro, who told Edwards how much he enjoyed Monsters. According to Edwards, they have met before and are exchanging ideas constantly. Just think of a crossover: Godzilla vs Gipsy Danger! The rumor mill starts here… Edwards stressed that his monsters will be more detailed than the ones in Pacific Rim thanks to Weta. Moreover, he put a lot of attention on not using impossible camera perspectives in the movie, i.e. “Each shot looks like there is a camera team on the ground, on a roof or filming from a plane. Since you can place CGI cameras anywhere, you tend to select impossible perspectives, and therefore quickly lose any tangible connection to the action,” said Edwards.
We were impressed by the gloomy and grim pictures. They reminded us a little of Cloverfield – only better. Seeing Godzilla, the monster itself, on the big screen in all its magnificence calms our skeptical Godzilla-fanboy hearts. “The mixture of the heads of a bear and a dog in connection with the majestic eyes of an eagle” so Edwards, that make up Godzilla’s head, come close to the original,and transports the monster to present day.
Production on the movie is in its final phase now, we were told. On Monday (March 3rd) sound recording will start, while the last CGI shots are being finished right now, and the 3D conversion
process is starting. The 3D trailer was also screened in Hamburg, and looked great even without or because it was lacking forced pop out effects. Fans can look forward to a dark and monstrous Godzilla without the silliness that plagued the version of Roland Emmerich’s ‘T-Rex-Godzilla’, which “was no real Godzilla” as Edwards pointed out.
Here’s a bonus for those of you that kept going, it’s Godzilla’s Snickers commercial: