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December 13, 2013 - 8:15 am

Godzilla returns.

But will the reboot turn out better than the awful, un-Godzilla-like 1998 treatment that starred Matthew Broderick?

The first teaser-trailer for 2014′s Godzilla is out. Take a look. You should take it full screen. Chromecast it if you’ve got it.

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The teaser opens with a group of soldiers HALO leaping into a city that is already being ravaged by the beast. We get to fall along with the troops, then see fleeting glimpses of the wreckage on the ground, reactions from the puny humans in the city, and then the monster, shrouded in a massive cloud of dust and debris.

The teaser doesn’t show much of the legendary monster, whose name is an amalgamation of the Japanese words for “gorilla” and “whale,” but what is shown already looks far better than the villain from the 1998 version. That Godzilla was more of a leaned-forward speed-walking dinosaur-like creature than the upright plodding disaster of the Toho films. It neither moved nor felt very much like Godzilla.

The 2014 version appears to be standing upright in the sequence that leads up to the frame below. The sequence begins with a shot of Godzilla’s feet at ground level, tracks upward showing the spikes on his back, and around his neck to his head. And then we hear a bona fide Godzilla roar. This is no man in a rubber suit, and the cinematography that brings him to life is spectacular.

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Godzilla’s cast looks decent. Hollywood notoriously lacks any original ideas these days, and returning to a giant monster that first leveled Tokyo in 1954 certainly doesn’t speak to the film industry’s originality now.

But still…it’s Godzilla. In 3D. And IMAX 3D. Movies just don’t get much bigger than that.

Godzilla destroys us all starting May 16, 2014.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Heisenberg vs Godzilla
18 weeks ago
18 weeks ago Link To Comment
I'm unsure how that would work...
18 weeks ago
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My son is a long-time Gojira fan and he's anticipating this one greatly. We actually kinda like the Broderick-Jean-Reno version.
Thane36425, Gojira movies from Toho have had an environmentalist meme from the very first, where Gojira is thought to be the result of "...repeated experiments with the H-bomb..."
18 weeks ago
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True. In the original Japanese version the scientists wanted to capture Godzilla to find out why it, and the others, survived the radiation. The environmental theme was really played up during the "Godzilla is for kids so he had puppy dog eyes" period in the 70's and 80's, and was watered down a little after that. What bugged me about the more recent ones was the anti-male sentiment that was at least present in the English dubbed versions.
18 weeks ago
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That might be interesting. It would also help if they left out the misandry and touchy-feely stuff that was common in the new films since the the 1990's, at least that was in the English dubs.
18 weeks ago
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It does look to me like they learned a lesson from the '98 version, which felt more like a Jurassic Park knockoff than a true monster movie. I'm cautiously optimistic.
18 weeks ago
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Love it. Looks like (now) a great popcorn flick. But we've had our hopes dashed before...

Although I'm sure purists won't like it. The popularity of the genre is based mostly on monster vs. monster battles, not monster vs. human. While the first Godzilla movie was an allegory for atomic warfare, later movies were pure staged combat between monsters.
18 weeks ago
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I was cautious about the Godzilla reboot before I saw Pacific Rim. That movie did kaiju beautifully, and was as amazing a throwback to that genre (and classic mecha anime) as I could have imagined.
18 weeks ago
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I enjoyed Pacific Rim with the son who loves Gojira (and Gundam and Starship Troopers and...). It was a bit derivative and predictable, of course. That's the genre. Pacific Rim was very like a cross between Godzilla and Heinlein's book Starship Troopers.
Of the genre, very good. If you don't like the genre, you won't like Pacific Rim. If you don't like epics, you won't like Lord of the Rings or Hobbit.
18 weeks ago
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There's the middle period of Godzilla films when the monster was a stand-in for Japan's former enemy turned protector, the United States. Not that the 2014 film has anything at all to do with that. It's just a great looking (so far) monster flick.
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