Trailer: Godzilla: King of the Monsters


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New Trailer

Looks great, lots of monsters.


I can't wait for this movie. I wonder how Godzilla vs Kong will be able to compare to this monster fest.


I didn't think I could be any more turned on by a trailer than the last one they gave us.
Man, was I wrong.


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IA! IA! GHIDORAH FTAGHN!

Liberty's Edge

I watched it a few more times, paused and slowed it down near the Dunkin Donuts sign. I think thats Fenway Park in the backround.


Well if they are going to destroy the East Coast, I think starting with Boston wouldn't be a terrible idea...

And yes, this is a great trailer and I can't wait to see King Ghidorah and Godzilla fight.

Liberty's Edge

Final trailer.

Oh my.


GOJIRAAAAAAAAAAAAAA


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Okay THIS was the epic trailer for a Godzilla movie I've been waiting for.

THIS is totally the Kaiju fight we need in today's society.

This is Godzilla. Accept no substitute.


Benchak the Nightstalker wrote:
Zhangar wrote:
Mopey bomb technician dude wasn't remotely as interesting as his dad, and it made every scene involving him a complete drag. (And he even failed his damn mission at the end, and even worse, it didn't matter because the bomb was somehow airlifted away in time.)
It's been a while since I've seen it, but I could have sworn that he does succeed in his mission, and that they airlift him away from the bomb rather than the bomb away from him.

I just watched this (again) two days ago. Bomb tech failed, was airlifted off the boat that was carrying the bomb away, and it exploded...hopefully far enough out to minimize the worst effects.


Version of classic Blue Oyster Cult song


Holy crap this is great! :) It's like if you got System of the Down mixed with J-metal-pop doing a cover.


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I hope this movie and Godzilla vs King make a lot of money. I would love more Godzilla and other giant monster movies in this universe.


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I am still confused why this Comes before Godzilla vs Kong. Seems like a serious step down to tussle with a big ape after they just had ALL OF THE MONSTAS!


Der,

Because American audiences love to see one on one fights I guess?

I honestly don't care about how it goes up or down, as long as Godzilla comes out on top.


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as a Kaiju fan, this movie was absolutely amazing. They went and did my boy Ghidorah good.

Folks, there is a major theatrical release featuring a giant three-headed space dragon. We truly live in a golden age of nerd-dom.


Saw the movie today. I would have liked to have (even) more kaiju fights, but I enjoyed it. I didn't quite connect with the human characters, but then, it's a Godzilla movie. I basically never go into such a film caring about the humans anyway, so I'm probably a little prejudiced. XD I'd recommend it to people who like seeing giant monsters wreck things.


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I enjoyed it. I saw a few plot holes, and some idiot ball passing, but all-in-all, fun.

I mean, who watches Godzilla for the plot, anyway?

PS: I forget, how long before spoilers?

I will say, when Mothra first appeared, all three of us Golarion fans had only one response. ;)

Also, if there's anything left of one character, Mothra needs to sprinkle that glowy stuff!


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Post-credits scene spoiler:

Spoiler:

Godzilla 3: A Charles Dance of Dragons
aka Revenge of the Lanisters


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Just gonna copy-paste what I've put up elsewhere...

Me wrote:

Let’s open with two disclaimers:

1. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is not much of an intellectual sparring partner. The script contains a few absurdities, and while it does try to tackle some weightier themes than monster punchy smashy, it’s not that great at that part. There’s some family drama that runs through the human part of the story that always feels almost incidental to the wider scope of what’s happening (but I’ll get back to this later).

2. As a dyed-in-the-wool Godzilla fanatic, someone who chants “Ghidorah Ftaghn!” when I get the itch, and generally big on all things gigantic and monstrous, I am very much the target audience and am more than willing to meet some pretty dumb movies halfway.

So with that out of the way...

Holy crap. This flick is the Godzilla movie I’ve been waiting for since I was far younger than I am now. Make no mistake- when compared to the real heavyweights in the series (Gojira, The Return of Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra) it shows its status as a spectacular cheeseburger. But man, is it a good one, and it’s seasoned with a lot of obvious love for what came before.

As a result, this might be my favorite Godzilla movie in which he’s an unambiguous protagonist. Period.

Before moving into spoiler-laden plot territory, let’s talk about the set dressing for this glorious monument to everything I thought was awesome when I was six-

The soundtrack is perfect. I mean that- old themes from Gojira and Mothra in new arrangements are used to great effect. The baleful horns that often heralded Ghidorah have one memorable moment in the film. The music invariably serves the action, although, admittedly, the retooled old themes hit harder when you’ve heard them before. I got misty-eyed when the Mothra theme reared its head, and I’m not even that big on Mothra.

The monsters (I still call ’em kaiju, but the Monsterverse nomenclature is “Titans.”) all look friggin’ cool- especially the four who we see the most of- Godzilla, Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan. In a movie built around spectacle like this one, that’s important.

There is clear love for the prior films baked into all sorts of little visual details, character beats, and various action pieces. I’m not kidding- you can call out the movies being honored by a couple of shots in dialogue-free action scenes.

So that’s all good. Now, onward. If spoilers worry you, you should probably stop reading here.

Spoiler:
So there are only a couple of even semi-surprises in this thing, and if you’re even remotely film-savvy you can call them a mile away. But you didn’t come this sucker for political intrigue…

Legendary still has a nasty habit of focusing on the least interesting characters in their films. They did it in 2014’s Godzilla, they did it in Kong: Skull Island, and yes, they do it here. That said, the least interesting characters in this one are still a marked improvement.

While I find the family drama between White Male Lead and Vera Frankenstein a bit half-baked, Millie Bobbie Brown is actually a rock-solid child character (I even remember her character’s name- Madison, which is more than I can say for White Male Lead), and watching her deal with the fact that her mother’s a friggin’ terrorist responsible for untold carnage that she was told would be a purely good thing is a lot of fun. She’s the closest this flick has to a human hero (at least by the end), and while kaiju fans have a long history of dreading the accursed “Kenny” (child characters in old Showa films were particularly awful), she’s the main engine that makes the family drama plotline not completely suck.

Now, about that family drama… it’s definitely banal. It’s largely underdeveloped (“Our son died in Godzilla’s battle in San Francisco in 2014 and we have dealt with it Poorly”), and it often seems pretty pointless in the context of a global monster-driven apocalypse- but I think that banality is kind of the point. Every single person killed in these monster throwdowns had someone who cared about them, someone for whom the world is forever altered, not because of gigantic creatures stomping around, but because of that loss. I certainly think it could have been executed better, but I also see why it was there, and why it was made central to the plot.

Now, how about the characters I’m vastly more interested in?

Charles Dance (I think we hear his character’s name once or twice, but I’ll be damned if I remember it and I’m not checking IMDB for that) does a hell of a lot with a role that barely exists. Much like the late, great Christopher Lee, he fleshes out a downright skeletal part with a hefty dose of personality. His interactions with Vera Frankenstein are particularly good, because for all of his character’s ruthlessness and malevolence, he’s definitely more clear-eyed about what their actions unleash than she is.

Doctor Serizawa (Ken Watanabe rocks) is so much better in this one than the 2014 film, despite dying what felt like halfway into the movie. For one thing, his death is a kind of mirror image to the self-sacrifice of the namesake character from 1954’s Gojira. But where Doctor Serizawa died to take the secret of the Oxygen Destroyer out of human hands in Gojira, in this film, he dies to help heal Godzilla from the effects of the Oxygen Destroyer (now in more IMAX-friendly missile form!). It’s a fitting callback, and the fact that he dies in a diving suit standing beside Godzilla is downright poetic if you know the source material.

Doctor Vivienne Graham. Alas, we waste our Sally Hawkins YET AGAIN, although this time it’s not because her character is forgotten about- but because she’s killed off when Ghidorah awakens in Antarctica. Honestly a bit annoyed about that (since we spend a lot of time with frankly less-interesting new characters), but it does help personalize the carnage a bit (I mean… he kills a bunch of nameless soldiers too, but screw those guys).

The “Mothra Twins”- Doctor Ling and Doctor Ilene Chen, both played by Zhang Ziyi, and never on screen at the same time. While totally in a supporting role, Doctor Chen manages to coax a lot out of limited screentime. Doctor Ling, alas, isn’t even really a character- she’s just Zhang Ziyi watching Mothra hatch out of her cocoon.

Ah well.

Now. How ’bout those monsters?

Godzilla actually gets a couple of major emotional beats, and Mothra (perhaps fittingly) brings the hope after the Oxygen Destroyer hits.

Ghidorah is sadistic, malevolent, cruel, and powerful. He’s everything you ever wanted from the three-headed space dragon… and yes, he’s still originally from space.

Rodan kinda gets the short end of the stick of the four kaiju we see much of, since he’s under Ghidorah’s sway for much of the movie, gets punked by Mothra, and ends the film bowing to Godzilla. With that said, he hasn’t looked this cool in ages, and hasn’t maneuvered this well… maybe ever.

Also of note- there are a couple of brand-new kaiju in this movie, and they frankly look pretty cool. Kinda hope we see more of them.

Again… not a perfect movie, but exactly the movie I was hoping for in the ways that mattered to me.


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While I don't think of this as especially spoilery -- not huge plot points -- I'll cloak them anyway.

Talkin' 'bout my generation

Spoiler:

Chen reveals that she and her sister are third generation twins working for Monarch. In the family photo she showed, I wondered if any of the women depicted had played "Mothra fairies" in earlier Toho movies.

"-----teen and counting"

Spoiler:

For purposes of this film, Monarch has been monitoring 18 known "titans". I didn't catch many names, even with the news items coming up at the end:

Behemoth
Scylla
Quetzalcoatl
Mokele Mbembe
unnamed spider in Arizona (so, Kumonga + a nod to "Tarantula! (1955)?)

Also, Stone Mountain (Georgia?) was listed as an outpost/containment site? WTF came out of there???

This site claims to have identified "all 17" of the titans in the film, but (a) I think we were told there were 17 after Godzilla, and (b) I believe Scylla was noted in the news items at the end as being the basis for Greek griffon legends, so it wouldn't be the spider titan. But this is not the only online site identifying it as such. (Honestly, neither makes a lot of sense when Scylla of legend is described alternately as as having the upper body of a woman, the tail of a fish, and a waist encircled by six dog heads...or a creature with twelve dangling feet, six long necks and grisly heads lined with a triple row of sharp teeth.)

This site lists Easter eggs for the film. Apparently the outpost numbers had a significance of their own.


Nice points, Cole.

I will note the definite set-ups for sequels: Godzilla vs Kong (obviously), the return of Mothra, and possibly

Spoiler:
a return for Ghidorah
.

Spoiler:
I did think that Rodan hesitated before that bow, until Godzilla gave him a "Please, you just got owned by a bug!"


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Godzilla roar


Damon Griffin wrote:

While I don't think of this as especially spoilery -- not huge plot points -- I'll cloak them anyway.

Talkin' 'bout my generation
** spoiler omitted **

"-----teen and counting"
** spoiler omitted **

I believe she was a pilot in at least one film, and may have played as a sister as a child.


Saw it, was very happy the special Blue Oyster Cult song was at the end. The 'I am doing this to save the world!' lady made me cringe whenever she opened her mouth.
The new Titans were kinda iffy for me, giant mammoth? Toss in a few classic Kaiju monsters into the mix.


Philip,

Not ever Kaiju is top tier...


Freehold DM wrote:
I believe she was a pilot in at least one film, and may have played as a sister as a child.

Ziyi Zhang has no Godzilla-related credits at IMDB except for the current movie and the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong.

But in any case I was wondering about the women in her photograph -- whether it may have included any of the other women to have played the "Mothra twins."

The original pair, Emi and Yumi Ito, just died with in the past few years (2012 and 2016) in their 70's.


If they ever do anything with Aliens, I hope Gamera comes down to kick alien kaiju butt.


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.......Um.

King of the Monsters:
I mean, Ghidorah is alien. Outright stated to be an invader. XD Nobody really reacted to it other than "Oh, foreign life form".


Long live the King.

I haven't seen Skull Island, but the ending stuff

Mild Spoilers:
looks to be setting up King Kong as a rival kaiju alpha to Godzilla, right down to other lesser kaiju actually migrating to Skull Island following Godzilla's victory over Ghidorah.

So Godzilla v. Kong may be a straight up war between kaiju factions. That'd be bad-ass.


Damon Griffin wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
I believe she was a pilot in at least one film, and may have played as a sister as a child.

Ziyi Zhang has no Godzilla-related credits at IMDB except for the current movie and the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong.

But in any case I was wondering about the women in her photograph -- whether it may have included any of the other women to have played the "Mothra twins."

The original pair, Emi and Yumi Ito, just died with in the past few years (2012 and 2016) in their 70's.

i could have SWORN she was a pilot...

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