New Godzilla Trailer: Ready for the Franchise's 30th Movie?
We’ve known for a few months or so that there’s a new Godzilla movie coming, but did you know it’s the ~30th film starring the giant mutated lizard dinosaur creature thing? The King of Monsters has been destroying Tokyo, New York, Mothra et al, for almost 60 years - some serious franchise longevity right there.
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Re-Re-Booting the Monster: Good? Bad? Meh?
Arguably, Pacific Rim already rebooted the Godzilla meme (what meme really means, not the internet bastardization), and it was like, you know, just a few months ago. Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros., and of course the Toho Co., Ltd. are responsible for the latest stab at it, and from the initial trailer and list of associated artists and producers, it might actually be watchable.
Godzilla, according to the all-knowing Wikipedia:
The name "Godzilla" is a romanization, by the film production company Toho Company Ltd., of the original Japanese name "Gojira" — which is a combination of two Japanese words: gorira (ゴリラ) 'gorilla,' and kujira (鯨, くじら) 'whale'. The word alludes to the size, power and aquatic origin of Godzilla.
So yeah, another name would be "Gorilla Whale." Survey of Japanese speakers and real Japanese people in our Tokyo office says: "Yeah, we’ll buy that."
You, the Viewing Public - Weigh In!
Check out the teaser trailer down there. Will it be good? Will it be an affront to the legacy (per Roland Emmerich’s 1998 disaster)? Or is it just kinda… meh? For the modern filmgoing audience, is mixing the fantasy of a giant monster with possible mystical origins - without including robots and possibly taking the subject too seriously - is that just kinda passé? That is to ask...
Liberal Arts Education vs. Godzilla: FIGHT!
Has the big-budget movie zeitgeist, vis-à-vis our now global cultural milieu, moved beyond suspending disbelief simply for the schadenfreude of reveling in entirely unrealistic, monster-perpetrated destruction?
Let us know down below!