And it’s EPIC.
The trailer itself may not fit the normal format that most Western audiences are used to, but most Godzilla trailers follow a format of sorts and this one fits nicely in with the others. Usually, in these trailers it is announced rather unceremoniously by Godzilla’s trademark roar what you are about to watch, or by his theme music. In this case, we got the roar.
The trailer opens with a few scenes of the monster and what I think we are really being given here is the scale and the mood that the film is trying to set. The music that is paired with the trailer is haunting, and reminiscent of a chorus that was sung in the original Godzilla movie when the damage he caused is revealed the day following his landfall.
The trailer only has one speaking line, and that belongs to the star of the show. It is likely that Toho is keeping a tight lid on the plot of this film as to date only two of the 31 Godzilla films have had only one kaiju appear in them. From what can be gathered though, Godzilla is the only kaiju in the film and it will be centered around the reaction of his existence.
The trailer also does a good job of showing off the new design which is very reminiscent of the original. I have stated before that this design is meant to reflect what the original creators were going for when the first film went out: a mutated creature, that has, and is likely still suffering the effects of radiation.
The other great thing here that I am seeing is a reasonable amount of practical effects. Godzilla and other kaiju movies can catch a little flack from time to time regarding the use of practical effects (namely miniatures and a man in a suit) but this trailer shows that Toho has gone through great lengths to marry the effects being used in the movie as CGI is present as well. This is probably best demonstrated in the opening scene which shows Godzilla’s tail passing over homes. This is refreshing in an age where CGI is used for most creature effects and brings a sense of “realness” to a film with an otherwise fantastic premise.
It has been 12 years since Toho made a film with arguably their biggest star (pun intended there), but if anything, this trailer shows that they still know how to get people buzzing about Godzilla, a character more than 60 years old. It has been 32 years since he last had a solo film. I for one am excited to see the original studio behind the helm again.
Shin Godzilla opens in Japanese theaters July 29th.
So what did you think of the trailer? What do you think of Godzilla’s new look? Sound off in the comments below!