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Feast your eyes on the most boring trailer for Godzilla you've ever seen. I know I'm supposed to love the Godzilla 2014 teaser trailer, but it's just boring. Nothing happens.
The new Godzilla film is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Aaron-Taylor Johnson, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen. Back in 1954 the Japanese monster movie Godzilla took the world by storm and Edwards, who made the critically acclaimed Monsters, hopes to reboot the franchise. This might be a step in the wrong direction.
Here are the biggest problems with the Godzilla 2014 trailer.
1. No plot
We know the original plot of Godzilla. A nuclear catastrophe creates a monstrous creature that attacks Tokyo. What's the plot of this film? Is it the same plot? Is it different? Are there mutated flatworms? No idea.
2. The Halo Jump
David Strathairn stands in front of the soldiers and says, "Gentlemen, you are being sent in by a HALO jump. Now I realize not all of you have had hands on experience and frankly, none of us have ever faced a situation quite like this before. But I would not be asking any one of you to take this leap...if I did not have complete faith in your ability to succeed. Your courage will never be more needed than it is today"
We get a dramatic monologue. A tense jump. The feeling of falling for almost a minute and then it ends. That's it. It sets itself up as a dramatic opening tease and ends with nothing but a vague image of Godzilla. I'm sure it'll look great in 3-D, but it's just boring right now.
3. We See Godzilla
It shows Godzilla. Not a clear shot of course, but we get a good look at his silhouette. The biggest draw is the question, "what is Godzilla going to look like?" We get a really good look at him, and it's anti-climactic.
He looks like 1998 Godzilla. Why in the world does he look like the lizard Godzilla from the last reboot? We don't want a "different" Godzilla. We want the Godzilla we grew up with. Sure he looks cheesy, but that's what we love about him. Make him look like a guy in a suit. Even the insanely cool monsters in Pacific Rim looked like guys in suits.
Here are some screenshots showing exactly what he looks like in the teaser.
4. It's Not As Good as the 1998 Teaser Trailer
Speaking of the ridiculous Godzilla 1998 movie, the teaser trailer for that one is ten times better than this one. It starts with an innocuous shot of an old guy fishing and ends with a dramatic view of Godzilla destroying the dock and his monstrous eye. Watch it below.
I'm assuming this movie will be better than that one, but at least Roland Emmerich knows how to tease an audience.
5. We've Had Plenty of 9/11 Movies
Gareth Edwards is doing, yet another, intentional nod to September 11th in Godzilla. "To me, he's like a force of nature, like the wrath of God or vengeance for the way we've behaved," Edwards told USA Today. "If this really happened, it would be like Sept. 11. I want it to be epic. I want to get the hairs on the back of your neck up."
Since 2001, we've had dozens of movies making analogies of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. We don't need another one. I'm not trying to minimize the event, but it's like every movie using the Nazi Holocaust. It just gets old.
6. Nothing Gets Destroyed
The best thing about Godzilla movies, and the 1998 Godzilla movie, is the sight of Godzilla destroying things. Now, there's plenty of destruction in the trailer, but we don't see him stomping on anything. It's kind of a let-down. The official synopsis for Godzilla 2014 is "An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence." Edwards has said that the movie will feature a bunch of giant monsters, so why not start with that?
Hopefully Gareth Edwards' Godzilla 2014 movie isn't as boring as this trailer.
What do you think of the Godzilla teaser trailer? Am I wrong? Is it boring or exciting?
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