To quote Ken Watanabe in 2014’s Godzilla and/or the best GIF ever: “Allow them to struggle.”
After a virtually year-long delay as a result of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Godzilla vs. Kong is on the horizon. The fourth movie in Legendary Leisure’s “Monsterverse” franchise after Godzilla, Kong: Cranium Island, and Godzilla: King of Monsters is at present set for a simultaneous theatrical and HBO Max launch in March, as a part of Warner Bros. Leisure’s industry-rattling strategy to combat lockdowns for the foreseeable future. A brand new trailer for the movie promises a real blockbuster, with two titans battling it out as other nefarious forces descend about Earth. It’s what large screens were made for.
Directed by Adam Wingard (The Guest, 2016’s Blair Witch) with a script from Pirates of the Caribbean author Terry Rossio, Godzilla vs. Kong picks up the place King of Monsters left off — particularly, the movie’s Kong-filled credit and a post-credit scene teasing the return of King Ghidorah and the introduction of Mecha-Godzilla. A synopsis from the start of manufacturing in 2018 teased, “As Monarch embarks on a deadly mission into uncharted terrain and reveals clues to the Titans’ origins, a human conspiracy threatens to wipe the creatures, each good and unhealthy, from the face of the earth perpetually.” The movie stars Millie Bobby Brown and Kyle Chandler from King of Monsters, together with Alexander Skarsgård (The Stand), Rebecca Corridor (Christine), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), Shun Oguri (Gintamai), Eiza González (Child Driver), Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist), Julian Dennison (Deadpool 2), and Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight).
The massive query we’re left with after this first-look footage: Will Godzilla burp once more? For individuals who didn’t catch Godzilla: King of Monsters, it’s essential to know that, whereas the large lizard was able to struggle his approach by way of hordes of Titans, he also delivers a big-ass belch. After we requested director Mike Dougherty about why he gave Godzilla a second of mouth flatulence amidst a maelstrom of monster chaos, he had this to say:
An enormous cause Godzilla has this mysterious draw, this mysterious attraction, is that he does have human traits and parts and I believe that’s a lingering side of the truth that the Japanese executed him inside man-in-suit process for decades. There have been very humanistic expressions and physique language that made us establish him just a little bit more than we’d have had he been executed with cease movement, let’s say.
So it was essential to me to really embellish that and embrace that idea. Each the animators and the efficiency seize artists that we labored with turned a enjoyable crew and were at all times pushing so as to add one other close-up, add a squint of an eye fixed, add a slight head tilt, something to convey that Godzilla has a surprisingly giant emotional vary that we will connect to.
Can Godzilla vs. Kong convey the humanity to 2 warring Titans? Can Godzilla’s beauty kill the beast? We’ll find out when the film hits theaters and HBO Max on March 26, 2021.