The Godzilla remake is certainly high on my must see list for this year, and the 1998 Roland Emmerich remake starring Matthew Broderick is a guilty pleasure because of its screwiness and Michael Lerner’s wickedly funny Roger Ebert parody which generated a season’s worth of press feuding between the noted critic and Emmerich. Watching Japanese Kaiju every month at the local drive-in was a big part of my formative film training. Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro’s Kaiju and giant robot feast was one of my favorite pure fun films of last year. As an extra bonus the original 1954 Japanese Godzilla (which did not have Raymond Burr inserted for American audience identification) has been spiffed up and will be re-released in a handful of cities starting in April.
Thankfully they haven’t messed too much with the King of Monsters aside from exponentially increasing his awesomeness. This Gojira (Japanese name) is twice the size and height. The San Francisco stomp depicted in the latest poster has Godzilla two times taller than the TransAmerica Tower which according to Wikipedia is 48 stories and 850 feet high. The plot has several of Izzy’s monster buds making some cameos. Japan will play an important part in the storyline, so a traditional Ginza stomp is bound to happen.
Director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) is keeping the remake close to the dark apocalyptic tone of the original. This Godzilla will be a force of nature altered substantially by the unintended consequences of human technology. Toho, the Tokyo based monster movie distributor and production company worked closely with Gareth to ensure that this new Godzilla clone had true Japanese genes.
Naturally some Avengers related punch is needed to counteract this threat. Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver) and Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) of the upcoming Joss Whedon directed second Marvel opus are part of the cast. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) also has a prominent role, along with Ken Watanabe and Juliet Binoche. Binoche has her own famous monster story. She was Steven Spielberg’s choice for the Laura Dern role in Jurassic Park but couldn’t do the film because of a scheduling conflict.
Godzilla opens May 16th everywhere.
The official plot synopsis:
An epic rebirth of 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.