You may be someone who loved the recent Gareth Edward’s retelling of Godzilla or were left a little disappointed by how little you saw of the creature. Whichever side of the equation you fall on, there is certainly a lot of love for the ol’ monster. And while he might not be as beloved as King Kong, people still feel strongly about the character. And also one of the reasons why Legendary studios is expanding to have more Godzilla films – and not just focus on Godzilla, but have other famous monsters for him to fight, like King Kong.
However, what the big Hollywood studios are all about when bringing Godzilla to the screen is action and special effects and sometimes they focus too little on the story and the lore. After all, do the special effects really make the film more convincing? What about those early classic when all they needed was a man in a rubber lizard suit crushing up miniatures to get a thrill out of the audience?
Well, the good news is that the new Godzilla Resurgence aims to takes us back to those classic days of Godzilla films. The bad news, is that Godzilla Resurgence aims to take back to those classic days of Godzilla films…
Having absolutely no connection to the recent Hollywood films, this Japanese Toho production has attempts to strike a tricky balance between paying homage to the past while boldly stepping into the future. At least that’s what its trying to encapsulate in its tagline.
Despite its confusing name however Godzilla Resurgence has absolutely nothing to do with any previous film and is a complete reboot in its retelling of the classic story. Not sure if they were trying to cash in on the recent Independence Day: Resurgence with its name or something. You can watch the trailer – which is entirely in Japanese – below:
Personally, this is not going to make me go back and want to watch the classics at all. It looks filled with awkward scenes and really in a day and age where we have modern film-making methods, it sometimes makes more sense to just stick with that. At least they have some sense of getting the scaling right. Technology advances and movies should advance along with it too.
Directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi (who previously worked together on anime Neon Genesis Evangelion) are looking to return the Big G to his horror roots with this film. However, I think the past belongs in the past – which this film almost certainly does.
Godzilla Resurgence opens in Japan on July 29, 2016 and is probably not going to released anywhere else. Not sure it would ave much of a market outside of its native Japan though.
Last Updated: July 22, 2016