So, you think you got your fill of giant monsters destroying large buildings (and other giant monsters) with this summer's profoundly awesome "Pacific Rim?" Well, think again. Because next summer, one of the most legendary creatures every to grace the silver screen returns in... "Godzilla." And based on the teaser trailer (via io9), it's going to be totally cool.
The teaser is mostly comprised of shots of large scale destruction (including, what appears to be another giant monster, only this one is very dead). Hauntingly, there is narration that's provided by an archival audio recording of J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was a participant in the Manhattan Project (the government initiative to develop the atomic bomb). Fitting, since the original Godzilla was a product of the atomic bomb and was originally a product of Japanese filmmakers, clearly still working through their feelings following gthe destruction at Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
At the very end of the teaser we get a "money shot" of Godzilla, roaring into the distance and looking very much like the Godzilla we know and love (but updated, ever-so-slightly for modern audiences). The mood of this trailer is palpable and it's really effective: atmospheric and scary.
Just as awesome as what we see in the trailer is what we don't: the as-yet-unseen cast includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Juliet Binoche (!), David Strathaim and Sally Hawkins. Gareth Edwards, who previously helmed the low budget creature feature "Monsters," directed "Godzilla" from a script that was worked on by everyone from "Walking Dead" co-creator Frank Darabont to "Batman Begins" writer David Goyer.
Maybe the best thing you can say about the teaser, however, is that not once during its runtime did I think about the 1998 "Godzilla," the joyless remake that starred Matthew Broderick and Jean Reno and was drearier than a documentary on animal cruelty.
"Godzilla" stomps angrily into theaters on May 16, 2014.