Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Godzilla Returns! (And I Don't Care)

The first trailer dropped today for Warner Bros.' upcoming reboot of Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olson, Aaron Johnson, and one very big, green lizard. While there's a fair amount of excitement for this flick on the interwebs, especially among the geek set, I haven't really been able to muster much enthusiasm, and I can't say there's anything in today's assemblage that really has me jazzed either. I mean, it looks...fine. Great cast, I'm sure great effects, and some great talent working behind-the-scenes to make Japan's biggest export live up to his larger than life rep. Nonetheless, I'm not blown away.

After all, it wasn't that long ago (okay, fifteen years is kind of a long time ago) that Sony unleashed their big budget Godzilla flick with a degree of pomp and anticipation completely disproportional to the actual quality of what we ended up with. And take this from one who was there opening night for Godzilla '98 (the much-anticipated follow-up to Independence Day by the filmmaking team of Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin). Needless to say, size really didn't matter. After that, maybe it's understandable I'm not getting a tingle from what we see so far of the new one. Watch the trailer below, and then watch the eerily similar trailer for the '98 version after the jump.


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