Holy. Hell. Does this movie look cool. I felt so many things watching the trailer. It brought me back to being a kid and playing with my Godzilla toy, knocking over all my other toys, because the King of Monsters was so big he could not be defeated. The movies, too, were a large part of my childhood and this looked like those movies in the best way possible. Sometimes simpler is better. We all love the great CGI technology and movie-making capabilities, but true movie-making comes with great ingenuity. More with less. That has been the mantra of Steven Spielberg all these years, as even he had a crack a a giant monster with his T-Rex in Jurassic Park. His iteration of rex hold up over 20 years later for a reason.
The same can be said for many of the older Godzilla films. The original film, Gojira, which was released in 1954, does not show the famous kaiju all that often, instead teasing it for much of the film and even when showing it, showing it in creative and inventive ways. That was one aspect I appreciated of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla. He respected the majesty of the mighty monster.
Toho has made 29 of the 31 Godzilla films and is considering this film a reboot for the franchise, which excites me. I did see a few of the newer Godzilla films and they were modernized for the 21st century audience. But going back to the older look and feel of what made Godzilla Godzilla seems like a winning formula.
Godzilla Resurgence has been in theaters in Japan since 7/25, but will only be in theaters in the US for a week, from 10/11-10/18. You bet I’ll find a theater.